Biennale of Sydney

Randy Lee Cutler

Image 7 Randy Lee Cutler, SaltWalk Pouch, 2016, performance documentation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist

Randy Lee Cutler

Born 1964 in Montreal, Canada
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada


Randy Lee Cutler is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice weaves together themes of collaboration, materiality, science and fiction. Taking the form of walks, performance, collage, printed matter, installation, video, audio and creative writing, she has produced numerous hybrid projects that engage with conversation and research. 

Randy Lee Cutler's work, Mineral Collection explores the presence of minerals in our daily environments and their profound but often unacknowledged effect on our experiences. Using a variety of media and participatory events, the project maps the physical structures, geographies and biological effects of minerals, showing how they work as the invisible building blocks of our bodies and technologies. Each artistic component becomes a geological dig across a physical-metaphorical spectrum, connecting and rupturing familiar meanings and assumptions. This multi-faceted approach encourages a non-linear encounter with crystal formations from the past, present and future to better contemplate our human interactions with these earthly deposits.

The collection includes SaltWalks, a series of performative walks; Rock Album (listen below!), a sound work; The Underworld, a poster series; and Mineral Garden, a collaborative installation including collage works with NIRIN artist Andrew Rewald.

SaltWalks shares stories, anecdotes and information about the ubiquitous mineral known as salt. We begin with taste tests of different kinds of salt, from mass produced table salt to Himalayan rock salt and Fleur de sel from Brittany. These savoury comparisons initiate conversations where we explore the use of salt across vast timescales and different cultures.

Rock Album is a series of sound works that explore deep time, extractivism and mineral medicine among other rock related themes. Set to an ambient soundtrack, each of these spoken word pieces collapses scientific, industrial, philosophical, spiritual and informal knowledge practices into new mineralogical arrangements.

The Underworld presents three distinct posters from a series of hand-cut collages for viewers to take away with them. Each month a new poster is made available in the Mineral Garden installation.

Mineral Collection explores the presence of minerals in our daily environments and their profound but often unacknowledged effect on our experiences. Using a variety of media and participatory events, the project maps the physical structures, geographies and biological effects of minerals, showing how they work as the invisible building blocks of our bodies and technologies. Each artistic component becomes a geological dig across a physical-metaphorical spectrum, connecting and rupturing familiar meanings and assumptions. This multi-faceted approach encourages a non-linear encounter with crystal formations from the past, present and future to better contemplate our human interactions with these earthly deposits.

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