In March 15 this year, halfway through her durational performance Extinction Studies which commenced in September 2019 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Lucienne Rickard had to put down her pencils. She had just returned from working at the National Art School as part of the 22nd Sydney Biennale when Australia went into lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In September 2020, Rickard returns with another personal public performance, and this time she is changing her pencils for a hammer and printers ink. For two hours on nominated performance days she will commit to the repetitive, arduous and meditative aspect of her creative process: she will hammer her mark on squares of paper, working to her own rhythm. Punch will be performed in Detached’s large gallery space.
The gallery is open and practicing COVID-19 social distancing measures.