The Hobart Urban Illumination Project
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Bethany J Fellows, B. 1983, Tucson, Arizona. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Fellows’ practice is decidedly participatory and usually cited in public and non-traditional space. In her recent work Bring A Stranger Dinner Party, Fellows used the dinner party as a vehicle to explore experiential social practices, highlighting and exploiting the tension of hospitable interactions with strangers and the unknown. Gift giving is also often employed in her practice to emphasise the importance of relationships with people and place and as a metaphorical device to highlight the underlying economic structure of art from creation/production through sharing/distribution and reception/consumption.
Her work often involves fleeting exchanges with others and frequently employs humor; a technique which adds dynamic and tension to her incisive cultural critiques. In an intervention piece titled Louis Vuitton Potato Cakes Fellows handed out hot potato cakes in ‘Louis Vuitton’ paper bags to the passing public, encouraging discourse around the economy that surrounds luxury products and their cultural value.