Efterpi became passionate about creating space and artistic experiences for the dying and vulnerable after the personal experience of losing her mother to breast cancer in 1995, a process which both devastated and enlightened her. For years, her work has focused on developing interactive artworks using video, sound and colour light in non-theatrical performance spaces such as hospitals and palliative care units to guide audiences through spectrums of emotion and sensation. This has established a unique practice making art in these environments for and with vulnerable people, known as HUMAN ROOMS.
Efterpi will build on her extensive professional practice as a designer and artist to develop and explore new creative ways to build art spaces for all access (all abilities). Efterpi will explore the possibilities for new artworks in institutional or public spaces. The research will involve an intense period of interviews with people who program access art, attending workshops and being involved in community programs such as the Bella Program at MCA, Sydney and experimenting with the newest technologies in a workshop to provide the foundation for this new approach to art and installation design in public spaces.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Firstly, I am deeply honoured to receive one.
Secondly, it means I have the privilege to be able to develop a new project that will enable diversification in my practice from where it had been focused for such a long time. As an artist, you must be able to justify all the time you need to spend "alone" searching and thinking and practising for what you want to give to the community or the world!
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time is important, significant and very valuable. To be given time as a creator allowing you to be in the moment with a concept or to research and develop ideas is such a luxury. Having time feels luxurious!
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
I am looking forward to meeting people, experts and mentors and researching into the field then also being alone, without the pressure of life and its necessities to earn an existence. I am also looking forward to researching into the new technologies i can use to produce the proposed project.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
I see myself having a well-rounded manifesto and the confidence for conviction to carry on. For the last couple of years, I have been trying to diverge into new territory with my practice and it just cannot be done without the time to illuminate my ideas without the support of Creative Victoria. My career which I believe has done well thus far, will gain in momentum as I can now cover some new ground.