november, 2021

01nov10:3011:00K Lavers: Admitting the Possibilities of Error10:30 - 11:00 Studio 6Event type:PresentationTopic:Rites & Rituals


(Monday) 10:30 - 11:00


Studio 6

Event Details

Kirsten Lavers: Admitting the possibilities of error

This is a presentation of Admitting the Possibilities of Error drawings that relate to climate change, life of trees and bereavement drawings made to comfort the bereaved and honour the lives of people who have died, using their pencils and pens. Also a short extract of a time-lapse video of repeated drawing and erasing using chalk from the grave of my father and brother. My talk will reference theories of grief that speak to my own experience of bereavement, reflections on regret and mistakes, the writing of Stephen Jenkinson and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi and craft of kintsugi.

Speakers for this event

  • Kirsten Lavers

    Kirsten Lavers


    Kirsten’s current art practice focuses on the Admitting the Possibilities of Error (AtPoE) series of drawings. Each drawing begins with the perimeter line of a perfect circle and evolves from her repeated attempts to perfectly copy the preceding line. Her errors/imperfections create the drawing’s fascinating shapes, reminiscent of fingerprints (identity) and tree rings (a life lived). Drawings take place as live performance for specific sites, in conversation with work/study teams, by commission or privately in her studio. The number of circles drawn and the type of pens or pencils used is determined by the context of each drawing’s meditation A former nurse Kirsten graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1991. Alongside her arts practice she has worked extensively as a curator and public art project manager, teaching in higher education and with marginalised groups including homeless people. She is currently completing her diploma training as an End of Life Doula with Living Well Dying Well. Kirsten is interested in making art that infiltrates everyday life, provokes curiosity, inspires engagement and challenges preconceptions about what an ‘art experience’ might be or mean. Outcomes have been wilfully diverse, often involving collaboration with other artists or multiple participants; an event, a performance, a magazine, a drawing, an installation, a walk, or the formation of a community group.