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Roslyn Hatfield (Roz) & Stefania Riccardi

Collaboration

 

19/8/20

Hi Roz,

Stefania from National Art School here. I understand that now that Ash is no longer at NAS you and I are “buddies” on the music Project. 

I do not know if you had already sent your music to Ash, if so would you mind sending it to me too, this way we can start our collaboration. 

If you are curious about my work you can find it (along with my insta account)at https://www.stefaniariccardi.com.au 

Feel free to use my mobile number below to communicate. 

Cheers,

Stefania

20/8/20

Hey there Stefania,

My name is Roz Hatfield and I am your improvised music student partner. I am just wanting to say g'day and introduce myself to you.  I actually studied visual arts myself at East Sydney TAFE and then at Alexander Mackie back in the 80's. I wasn't much of a sculptor though having majored in printmaking, more specifically in Lithography. Oh how I loved art school! You lucky person. 

 

I have been looking forward to this collaboration, and I am very interested to understand what your tenets are. What ideas do you want to express through your sculpture? Do you have an underlying theme in your work?

 

Your teacher stated that you were in your second year of study, and that up until now you have been focusing on more classical representations of form. That this was your first foray into abstract expression. I think that although this is your first abstract composition, you have probably been thinking about many things that you would like to explore and express within your medium. 

 

I am a singer, and I have been singing for many years. I am a mature age student who wants to explore the art of improvisation, to be able to incorporate that skill into jazz performance with my band. This course has taken me further afield than I had intended, and the improvised music we study is much more akin to art than jazz. It's relationship to music structure such as harmony, rhythm and melody is less important than its expression of ideas and the utilisation of tools to alter sounds making them more abstract. 

 

I plan to spend this weekend, putting together some examples for you to listen to. I have recently purchased a looper which is a tool to overdub layers of sound. This allows me to work independently from other musicians within this covid environment whilst still having different elements within the music creation process. Once you hear something I send you, it will make sense. I am super excited.

 

Thanks so much for reading this introduction. I look forward to your reply. I will have some music for you Monday or Tuesday next week, so until then enjoy your weekend.

 

Yours sincerely,

Roz Hatfield

20/8/20

Hi Stefania,

I am a singer, and I have been singing for many years. I am a mature age student who wants to explore the art of improvisation, to be able to incorporate that skill into jazz performance with my band. This course has taken me further afield than I had intended, and the improvised music we study is much more akin to art than jazz. It's relationship to music structure such as harmony, rhythm and melody is less important than its expression of ideas and the utilisation of tools to alter sounds making them more abstract. 

Ciao

Roz Hatfield

20/8/20

Howdy Stefania,

I have some sound files here for you. I hope you enjoy listening to them. Here we go.......

This first file is a song recorded with my band a couple of years ago. This is a Jazz Latin song called "Love for Sale"

https://www.reverbnation.com/Thebellanoches/song/27400538-5-love-for-sale-roxy-heartfelt

There are also some video's of a recent performance we did in January this year.

https://www.reverbnation.com/artist/video/16570271

The Bella Noches Videos | ReverbNation

Videos by The Bella Noches, Blues music from Alexandria, NSW, AU on ReverbNation

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The second file attached is a song made on my looper called Water.

The third track is an environmental recording done as part of special projects week last semester where we recorded environmental sounds in our back yards and added vocals to it.

This last track is just me mucking around on the looper using the drum machine.

 

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Have a great day.

Ciao

Roz Hatfield

Phrase recording 12-8-20 R Hatfield-001
00:00 / 01:46

20/8/20

Hi Roz,

Your composition has sent me travelling in time and space. It is beautifully lyrical and feminine. It builds time and space from the little tiny fizzes in the beginning to the prolonged vocalisations that become more and more determined as the piece progresses.

It made me think of a woman surrounded by generous nature. I heard the (a)rhythmic nature of her   gestures as she interacts with the land, gathering the fruits that it bears and finding herself in the process. The lack of a fixed rhythm reinforces the organic nature of the relationship.

I could see her feet leaving a mark in the grass, not a crushing footprint, just a small pressure that causes a subtle variation in the light. A soft brushing between  two entities inhabiting the same system.

The voice conveys the satisfaction from the nourishment to come and the pensive mindfulness of the duty at hand. Not everything is idyllic, the electric zaps have the quality of a man-made nuisance. That is acknowledged within  this mini universe.

Was the silence at the end intentional? It made me think that not every day will be the same, yet today it was a good day.

What do you think?

I will look forward to your feedback to make sure we are on the same vibe. Right now I would love to attempt capturing the bending of the grass, perhaps the space left in the grass by her hand as she is searching for a particular plant (a root vegetable, a berry, a special grass). I’m thinking of carving holes in the metal to indicate what she took, but also the essence of the exchange between her and the land.

Can you think of a colour that you’d associate to your piece?

I’m thinking of you singing standing up, yet the sound seems to be very grounded. I would like to explore  something that sits low on the ground, or at least something that wants to move towards the ground –  as opposed to something that hung from the wall or rests at eye level.

I would like to try and twist strips of metal, to show their soft malleability. I need a few more days to let ideas grow. I’ll send some sketches (or even photos)  as I progress.

Cheers,

Stefania

21/8/20

Hi Stefania,

You have such a wonderful creative mind. I love it. I sing seated as I have cancer and I am on chemo. My feet get sore, and my legs get tired, so I sit. I am happy to sit on the stage on the ground with my sound equipment around me. I can interact with your sculpture on the stage floor as well as I sing through the compositional landscape I can use my hands like a dance to directly reference different aspects of the piece, such as the carved holes or the flattened grass.

Colours, I don't know. Because you have to heat the metal to make it malleable I am thinking a warm colour, but the ideas you brought forth makes me think of greens and browns. Earthy and full of life.

The quiet ending was to allow space within and around the music much the same as the space moving around and within the sculpture. But essentially it helps bring the composition to a natural closure.

I see the feminine lyricality in your work as well as my own. I think we will work well together. You are very good at expressing your creative ideas. Already I am learning.

I shall ponder your words and get back to you in a couple of days with a more direct answer to your questions.

Thanks so much for your time and attention.

This is awesome 💗

Roz

24/8/20

Good morning Roz,

Here is the sound of me working the magic!
Cheers,

Stefania

25/8/20

Hi Roz


Started playing with materials and techniques.
It’s just the beginning but it’s very promising.

Cheers,

Stefania

28/8/20

Hey honey,

just wanted to let you know that I have a big assignment due for one of my classes on Sunday evening which I have to focus on. Monday I will be free to make a new audio track for you and your delicious sculpture. Sorry to make you wait when you have been so productive so far. But you have given me much to think about, not least the addition of the a baby crying for the completion of the composition. cool hah?

Have a great week end. I know you will!

Roz

2/9/20

Hi Stefania,

finally had a couple of hours to put a new file together for you....I tried to add some different sounds and ideas in that we had been discussing. I need to spend more time working things out as you are doing, but for now this is coming along. I included the sculpture creation including your angle grinder sounds, the grass weaving, fruit gathering, and the baby at the end. I also added some deeper throat singing in the sculpture creation part at the beginning. I think it needs more layering and a slightly longer extension of the female gathering at the end. It could possibly be less harmonic, but I am still figuring that bit out. I have more time on my hands this week so I can do another take over the weekend for you. Thank you so much for your patience. I really appreciate that. By the way, I enjoyed your video, you looked so sweet when you made eye contact before ending the video!! I used it a number of times in the final audio. You are lovely.

Enjoy the crazy art music. I will speak to you soon.

Roz

Audio file 2
00:00 / 08:24

2/9/20​

Hi Roz,

I’m done for today but I’m satisfied with the progress that we’ve both made. 

Tomorrow I’ll work more but for the moment here is where I am. 

Stefania

3/9/20

Hey there,
I hope you are coping ok. I'm surprised you were able to focus on anything other than family. I wrote the lyrics to a little song for you last night. I will record it over the next few days and send it to you. It's a gift for you to lose yourself in while you try to heal.
The sculpture is metamorphing into something very interesting. I like your progress.
Sending love and strength to you.
Xxxxx

Roz

3/9/20

Roz! 
I’m speechless. You are so kind. 
Yesterday I was in an intense dark mood, yet I did not feel overwhelmed because I was engaged in a dialogue between your music and the material. 
I’ve heard before that practicing art is healing. Never before I had experienced it directly. 
I feel humbled and privileged and am looking forward to your gift. 
I’m attaching the photo on my Facebook profile is one that I took one evening as I was walking alone around Bergen (a city that I did not know) and was feeling a bit lost. It's a place specific artwork by a local artist that, time and time again, proves to be true. 
❤️
Stefania

Stefania's Dream - Mastered by David
00:00 / 03:44

4/9/20

Thank you soo much Roz!

I’ve listened to it a few times. 

It is a lovely song and I feel beyond privileged that you have taken my emotions and made them into something beautiful.

I do not have a vocabulary to talk about music but I loved the  way that you were letting the melody go down a sad path and then twisting and lifting it up. Just the same as the lyrics... sure it hurts but let love in! 

Thanks, thanks and thanks again. You are a wonderful soul and I’m grateful that our paths have crossed. 

Love ❤️

Stefania

4/9/20

You are gorgeous, I am glad that our paths have Cross as well. I will have a file relevant to your latest sculpture by Monday Eve. Until then look after yourself, lovely lady. Concentrate on your healing. Xxxxx

Love Roz

11/9/20

Hi Roz,
Just sharing how the work is progressing. Take your time. We have plenty of it.
Stefania

12/9/20

Thanks honey,

Tell me about the pyramid shape? I am thinking it represents a grave. What is your take on it? What does it represent for you?

Xxxxx

12/9/20

Hi Roz,

That prism started as an open form. The bottom layer of the object lifted from the ground and folded/unfolded  like an origami. You are right. I did feel the need to closing it. With all that happened to my family, Things were falling inwards. Conscious of that yesterday I grabbed the angle grinder, slashed the object and made it explode. It is a transition moment between the static quality of the previous stage and a more dynamic form. Having said that  want to acknowledge what I see as a wistful quality of your sound. But I promise you ... there is not going to be a casket in the sculpture 😉😘

Cheers,

Stefania

12/9/20

Hi Stefania,

Haha you are funny. I would love to see the smashed open version. I felt like it had a strong connection to your family, but I don't want to pressure you in any way that makes you acknowledge the passing of your nephew.  So I waited. Good to hear from you, and always inspiring to see your beautiful artistic vision progressing.

I have passed your website address to two of my teachers so far and they have both expressed to me how beautiful and polished your artwork is. Kudos to you!

I look forward to seeing the updated photos. I can see the development of the grass, reeds, plates and netting that we discussed as being products of our historical female roles. Maybe the prism could represent the death of the environment after the super fires, but what is the rebirth? I would be interested in your ideas on this?

Sending you my love

Roz

14/9/20

Hi Stefania,

Doing the new recording for you today. I spent yesterday setting up my looper with different sound files and practicing a couple of different singing techniques. So today I am ready to go! Also a friend of mine who is a sound guy is going over your song for me and mixing it with some room effects and making it sound more professional for you. It will be completed by tomorrow evening.

I hope you are well.

Love Roz

14/9/20

Hi Roz,

Thanks for the update. 

We are moving to the same rhythm! Today I’m in the workshop to make new base elements for the cradle/vegetation. 

I’m forming a bundle that I will then brake down and build again. Just like you are making new sounds to add to your music. 

The image is a true work in progress that I’m just about to break down and assemble differently. 

Looking forward to the new audio clips! 

🙏❤️🌈

Stefania

14/9/20

Hi Roz,

Thanks for the update. 

We are moving to the same rhythm! Today I’m in the workshop to make new base elements for the cradle/vegetation. 

I’m forming a bundle that I will then brake down and build again. Just like you are making new sounds to add to your music. 

The image is a true work in progress that I’m just about to break down and assemble differently. 

Looking forward to the new audio clips! 

🙏❤️🌈

Stefania

14/9/20

Hi Stefania,

Doing the new recording for you today. I spent yesterday setting up my looper with different sound files and practicing a couple of different singing techniques. So today I am ready to go! Also a friend of mine who is a sound guy is going over your song for me and mixing it with some room effects and making it sound more professional for you. It will be completed by tomorrow evening.

I hope you are well.

Love Roz

Phrase recording 15-09 - audio file 3
00:00 / 18:08

20/9/20

Hi Stefania,

Sounds a bit better than the last one..... I must work on my throat singing and I think I should pre-record a track to sing over. It is hard to select tracks on the looper whilst reaching for various tools to influence and change the voice. It takes too much time. I need to condense the ideas for a live performance. It waffles along too much, too long. Anyway, you won't have to reset it while you are working busily on your sculpture tomorrow. It's about 20 minutes long. hahaha

 

I hope you like how it is progressing. Slowly, slowly as they say. I need a break after all that. It must be time to go to the shops and buy some food and nibbles for dinner. We have a friwend coming over to watch a movie tonight. I am really looking forward to it! Nothing like socialising to make you feel like a normal human being.

 

I hope you are doing well; I really like the progress you are making in the sculpture department. I wanted to tell you how Art needs contemplation. Just because it can be viewed and taken in with just a glance, doesn't mean it is. The beauty of all artwork is in the meditation and the thoughts it influences us to have. Just like your ceramics where the glazing is a window into another time, discovering the crystalline shapes in it, is a journey. The same will be true for the metal sculpture you are now producing; it will influence reflection and a different meaning from everyone who views it. It is very powerful and takes on a life of its' own once you have finished developing its form. You are a creator, you are an artist, you influence reflection and change both in society and of the self. You have a great influence that comes from within, so don't dismiss that potential.

 

Sending you lots of positivity...

Love Roz

Phrase recording 4 bounce
00:00 / 19:37

 

We are getting closer to the end of the project. Like you I feel that I have identified a number of elements and that I’m now ready to consolidate and try new arrangements. 

I’m sending an image of the latest version.  We have two weeks of school holidays coming up during which I will make more variations on the same theme and test possible finishes. 

 

I’ve also updated the look of the collaboration page. We have been communicating so intensely and regularly that the page is super-long. I have added some watermarks to the page to help the readers orientate in the text and to help them remember where is the “something” they read. Tell me what you think. Also tell me if you want anything removed. The page will soon go live and be available to lecturers, fellow students and anyone that happens to be on the internet. 

 

I’m near being totally drained yet I’m totally satisfied! 

💛🧡

Stefania

22/9/20

Thanks so much Roz!

For the remastered song and for the new version of the musical piece. 

The addition of throat singing, in my mind, grounds it even more to the landscape and the human/nature relationship. 

The last few days have been hectic, and so will be the next few ones. Today and tomorrow is installation day for an exhibition in Chatswood where I have one of my sculptures (see the  invitation below) and I must admit I did not envisage how much time it was going to take - making a sculpture is a dream job... making the boxes to transport the sculpture is a nightmare!!!

I’m sending the link to a video that we were asked to make case a new COVID wave would have prevented Council from opening the exhibition to the public. 

The piece speaks of the Lockdown experience and makes a visual reference to the Artarmon Public Library - one of the requirements was reference something about the Willoughby municipality. 

The music is original, composed by Wade, my daughter’s partner. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AOBzbT7wnOZ3FS-SM8shAwA5sElZIAkQ/view?usp=drivesdk

23/9/20

Wow you have been busy. I didn't realise you had kids. How cool, how old is your daughter? Is she an only child or do you have more children? I'm so sorry I didn't ever ask you this.

I look forward to seeing the exhibit, it's not online just yet, but I have saved the website address.

I am impressed but not surprised that you are already exhibiting professionally, your work is so polished. It deserves to be seen!

I really look forward to hearing your daughters partner's music as well!

The time just flown by over the past few weeks. So much has been going on for both of us. Sorry you experienced so much frustration with packaging your sculpture. It's truly amazing how time consuming the most banal of processes can take. I will have to check on the dates set by our teachers for this project. My weeks just feel like they have melded together like the steel in your sculpture. I will also look into the webpage you have maintained for us. Thanks so much for that it really is above and beyond what was expected.

I hope the rest of your week is less stressful for you. We all need our rest and relaxation time to maintain good mental health. So important at the moment.

Stay well, stay happy and stay sane....

Speak soon

Love Roz

5/10/20

Hi Roz,

 

I've started working on the finishes for three pieces. The photos (*) do not give the work full justice but you can get a sense of where I'm heading. The black surface is done by burnishing the metal in a kiln and then polishing it while it's still hot. The orange piece is a combination of polished steel and a glossy spray paint that I apply in a homemade spraying booth.

The photos that I've taken show only one of the possible ways that the pieces could be oriented in space. Part of the making - for me - is to keep open the idea of front/back, up/down.

 

I still have one piece to complete (sorry no photo) that looks like a cross between the orange piece and the larger black piece. At this stage I think I will paint it bright red. 

 

Because the attachment are too big I've uploaded the photos to the Collaboration web page: https://www.stefaniariccardi.com.au/collaboration 

 

Love (No emoticons because I'm writing from my lap top!)

Stefania

5/10/20

Dear Stefania,

 

I am loving the colours. The juxtaposition of red on black is so strong. I love it, and the black circle is so much like a doorway. A private entrance for a hideaway. It's looking awesome girl!

 

I am going into Sydney Uni tomorrow for the meeting with Sonya Holowell. I have to go in and show my technical response to your sculpture so far. So today I will create a new phrase recording that I will forward to you. She is an improvised music singer of aboriginal heritage. This is a link to her website.....

https://sonyaholowell.com/

 

I am really looking forward to seeing you in person. Thanks so much for the update. The webpage was a fabulous idea. It's so cohesive.

 

Have a great day today.....

Love Roz

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