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( 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 4023 Transpoes Sound Installation Australia 1994 images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-1994-Tran.jpg In the installation various objects were camouflaged and more or less hidden in much the same way that the exotic and fantastic fruits and flowers were discrete and visible only after some visual searching. Recordings of human birdcallers called back and forth to one another from objects. The glasshouse was an early 20th century building with old plantings and signage. The work made reference to celebrity plantings by musicians, such as Dame Nellie Melba and Ignace Paderewski, in that garden. In one corner of the glasshouse, camouflaged by a cascading plant, hang three 1920's women's shoes. One shoe contains a small speaker; the other (pictured here) contains the stamen of an antherium; and above the two is a shoe constructed as a 'wasp's nest'. The recording you hear was made in the glasshouse, as various objects (not pictured here) were sounding together. Sound sources: bird calls performed in the indigenous gumleaf tradition by Herb Patten, and in the 'new style' by Malaysian born Australian Golden Gumleaf Champion, Virgil Reutens; calls by Janet Shaw, Australian Bird Calling Champion; and piano phrases from 'The Prophet Bird' played by Paderewski. The relations of seduction...and the species connectedness practiced through mimicry, among natures and cultures and territories, among other things, become vertiginously provocative . (Doug Kahn, in RealTime 8-August-September 1995) 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 4020 Cecis N'est Pas Une Pipe Sound sculpture Australia 1995 images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-1995-Pipe.jpg Our source of inspiration was the neck of an early 20th century phonograph speaker, found while foraging through a flea market. We turned it 90 degrees, forming a not a pipe after Magritte. This small sound sculpture was hung in the Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition 'Sound in Space'. The sounds emanating from the sculpture were bird and animal calls voiced by David Gulpilil. Visitors were attracted to notice the gentle calls, move their ear to the sculpture and listen to the quiet mimetic sounds. 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 4021 Les Deux Mystères Sound sculpture Australia 1995 Anandale Galleries images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-1995-Deux.jpg This work was related to the embodied sound installation, Cecis N'est Pas Une Pipe which was open at the same time. The pipe on the box is a cast of the work on exhibit at the MCA at that time. It also refers to and inverts the gender of the Magritte painting Les Deux Mysterand#65533;. Inside the box was a recording of a woman's voice, pitch lowered to sound like a man's. The text was by Kathleen Mary Fallon was of a Vietnam Veteran talking to a prostitute. The sound volume was low and the ear had to be placed on the end of the pipe to hear it. 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 4022 Say Ahh Public Installation Australia 1997 New Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW, Australian Perspecta 1997: Between Art and Nature images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-1997-Ahh.jpg Say Ahh was an installation created for the varied audience at the hospital. In the day, the space was a lively corridor for outpatients and their families. At night the space became a cul-de-sac, which provided a place for quiet contemplation and an opportunity for humorous relief from late night vigils at bed sides. We expanded on our experimentation with Wardian cases, originally developed for transportation of plants to and from Australia in colonial times. Enclosed in clear sphere travelling cases were real fly catching plants and larger faux ones protruding out of the case which held the speaker. Say Ahh featured patient's imitating the sounds the sounds of nature, and making nonsense sound. Children were fascinated by the mad sounds and the plants of prey. 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 4024 Terra Mirabilis Sound Installation Wales 2000 Centre for Visual Arts images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-2000-Terr.jpg For this exhibition we created sound sculptures based on Wardian Cases, miniature glasshouses developed in the 18th century to bring plants from the new world to the old. We updated these cases for the 21st century and carried them as hand luggage from Sydney to the U.K. Instead of live plant specimens, our Wardian Cases contained miniature speakers and the calls of endangered Australian birds. 262 1939 Joan Grounds and Sherre de Lys images/artists/Grounds_and_DeLys.jpg Australia 3977 Gargalesis Outdoor Sound Installation Australia 2004 images/works/DeLys_and_Grounds-2004-Garg.jpg Gargalesis is a sound sculpture in the form of an iconic Australian giant termite, or white ant, mound created for the Biennale of Sydney 2004. )