A DUBBO-BASED artist is hoping the community will help her fund an ambitious art project that will involve a two-month trip to far-flung Iceland.
Kim Goldsmith also needs to buy equipment for the project.
Ms Goldsmith has been working on a project called Eye of the Corvus, which she describes as looking at rural and urban landscapes from the perspective of birds, mainly ravens and crows which are endemic to Australia and Iceland.
“Birds actually see the landscape very differently to us,” Ms Goldsmith said.
“The big challenge is to use cameras that have been designed by humans for the human eye.
“My challenge is to try to make these cameras replicate how birds might see the environment.
“I am trying to actually set up the projection installation so that you feel like you are in the eye of the bird looking at the landscape.”
Ms Goldsmith said she will exhibit her work at the Western Plains Cultural Centre in Dubbo at the end of this year.
But she needs funds to complete the project.
Ms Goldsmith launched a crowdfunding project last week to raise $5000 and was able to secure 25 per cent of the amount in the first 48 hours.
“The crowdfunding campaign is designed to offset some of the expenses and costs of me travelling across regional NSW and Iceland,” she said.
Ms Goldsmith, who works as a media marketing and communication consultant, says she has invested $10,000 of her money and will take time off from her business to complete the project.
She said she needs to purchase the technology required for the project, including the virtual reality cameras, drones, action cameras and microphones.
“The money is nowhere near enough,” she said.
“If the campaign is so successful that I raise more than $5000, I won’t be complaining.
“But I am also a realist. I have been an artist for a long time now and getting people to actually pay for experimental art is really challenging in Australia and particularly regional Australia.”
But I am also a realist. I have been an artist for a long time now and getting people to actually pay for experimental art is really challenging in Australia and particularly regional Australia.Kim V. Goldsmith
Ms Goldsmith said regional Australia doesn’t have a culture of contemporary experimental art forms.
“I am just testing the waters with this campaign to see if I have got the support,” she said.
“If somebody is prepared to offer more money, I will thank them from the bottom of my heart.
“I am hopeful of raising the remaining 75 per cent of the target by the end of March.”
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