The Longest Echo
Exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote, 2024
Artists: Mayma Awaida, Emilie Monty
The Longest Echo is an iterative work which first took shape as an artist residency at the Commonwealth of New Bayswater Post Office as a publicly accessible exchange that traded tattoos (designed and made by Awaida) for voice-note offerings (collected and edited by Monty).
As their residency unfolded, likewise did the journey of the artwork: designs inspired by the artist’s own ceramic practice were translated into visual scratchings on the participant, who in turn left a sensory marking of their own as a voice recording, born anew as anonymous USB letters in the hands of the recipient.
In its exhibition format, The Longest Echo returns to its material origins of ceramics and audio recordings and posits the gallery space as an imaginary world; a place where each of the voice offerings can find a home and sustain their fantastical potential.
Image Credits: Emma Daisy