ORIGINAL WORK ARCHIVE

CULTURAL ATTACHE TO WINGED CREATURES, SELF PORTRAIT 2014
DIGITAL PHOTOMEDIA
Madeline Fountain

MEMENTO MORI 2013
SCULPTURE AND PERFORMANCE (WIP)
Dimensions variable
Madeline Fountain with special thanks to Tobias Bennett Sculptural Metal

A memento mori is an object that reminds us of the inevitability of death, of our human failures, and they are also often tokens of loss.

In any given drawer there is a bag of old keys, sitting there, just in case…in fact the doors those keys belong to closed long ago and they are unlikely to ever be reunited. We are given keys in the spirit of intimacy or responsibility, a gesture that requires trust; it is often symbolic of hope, a step towards a future.

But everything must die and thus the key slips into a drawer. As time passes even the portal of origin can be forgotten. Why then is it difficult to throw away a key? It doesn’t feel like the rubbish tip is where it should end up, like throwing away photographs; even when the subject broke your heart. There are too many emotions locked inside the key for it to end up with the flotsam and jetsam of our consumption fueled lifestyles.

The Cultural Attaché to Winged Creatures at the Ministry of Clouds has a solution for us. A glorious way to rebirth and release these lost connections. The mythical creature that features in our emblem, the Winged Lion, appeared in the Festival Garden bar for the duration of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2013 and was transformed by a shimmering feathering of redundant keys. Set to take flight and carry our memories back to the clouds. The audience was asked to include a clue to the origin of the key when they were given an original receipt in the form of a wax rubbing, a duplicate of which has been kept for MOC records.

The feathering of the lion’s wings is ongoing but the most sobering of contributions thus far is a key donated by a co-worker of a much loved person who had that week succumbed to depression.

The naked winged lion crafted by Tobias Bennett, the incumbent Head  of the Office of Thunder and Lightning.

An official receipt for a donated key.

The incumbent Cultural Attaché to Winged Creatures, Madeline Fountain.

CUMULUS 2012
INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE
LATEX METEOROLOGICAL BALLOONS
Dimensions variable
Lisa Cainero and the Ministry of Clouds

Cumulus is defined as: A cloud formation of rounded masses heaped on each other above a flat base at fairly low altitude.
The Ministry officers created a cumulus approximately 20 metres in length in the piazza of the Italian Forum in Leichhardt for the opening of the Fringe Arts show.

Alice McCormick

MINISTRY OF CLOUDS BUREAU 2012
INSTALLATION, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY, JEWELLERY
Madeline Fountain, Alice McCormick, Lisa Cainero

For the Fringe Arts group show the Ministry set up its Pop-Up Bureau, a multi-disciplined installation incorporating the work of three officers at the Ministry.

Secretary General’s Desk ::
(Clockwise R to L) Cloud Exchange, Giclée printed dial & found object/telephone, Madeline Fountain 2012
Unkai, Giclée print, Madeline Fountain 2012
Cloud Catalogue, printed quotes & found object/ROLODEX, Lisa Cainero 2012

Grand Master of the Order of the Nimbus Cloud, sterling silver necklace, Madeline Fountain 2012

Bureau of Silver Linings, Mixed media, Alice McCormick 2012

BUREAU OF SILVER LININGS 2012
MIXED MEDIA
Alice McCormick

Bureau of Silver Linings, original and curated miniature dossiers in zinc filing cabinet, Alice McCormick 2012

 

CABINET OFFICE, 2012
Mixed media
1030 x 1600 x 500 mm
Madeline Fountain 2014

A sculptural piece titled Cabinet Office by Madeline Fountain. Two dioramas are hidden behind cabinet doors, peepholes giving distorted visual access to the mysterious work spaces of the Cabinet Secretary and the Cultural Attaché to Winged creatures at the Ministry of Clouds. Mixed media.

 

Interior of Cabinet Office (Madeline Fountain) 2012 :: ImageThrough the Peephole” Alice McCormick, digital collage 2012

IN NUBIBUS GLORIA 2012
vinyl and acrylic
2700 x 220 mm
Madeline Fountain, Alice McCormick, Max Fysh

“Like all good mottos, it’s ambiguous…” Max Fysh & the Ministry of Clouds 2012
Acrylic & vinyl

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DEPARTMENT OF SILVER LININGS 2012
PERFORMANCE
Russian Burlesque Circus, Sydney Fringe Festival
Costumes : Madeline Fountain
Script : Alice McCormick
Performer : Claire Reynolds

Department of Silver Linings :: Performance, Claire Letitia Reynolds :: Ministerial Headdress & neck piece, Madeline Fountain :: Script, Alice McCormick

Cultural Attaché to Winged Creatures :: Skyscape hat, Madeline Fountain

THÉÂTRE DES NUAGES 2012
INSTALLATION, PRINT MEDIA & PERFORMANCE
Madeline Fountain and Alice McCormick

A performance and installation at the launch of the Sydney Fringe Festival 2012. The MOC commandeered the ticket booth at The Factory Theatre, producing original signage, official stamps and printed tickets to Tomorrow’s Sunset. Madeline Fountain touted the tickets to the show with no particular venue, only a date with the sky the following day at a venue of the ticket holder’s choice. Mixed media installation and performance, Madeline Fountain, Tomorrow’s Sunset tickets by Alice McCormick with special thanks to John McLeod.

Image ©Tolmie McRae

Image ©Tolmie McRae

Ticket to Tomorrow’s Sunset, Alice McCormick