A Dense Mass is a public event program showcasing Clunes-based sound artist Thembi Soddell’s recent back catalogue and new works-in-progress focused on representing and understanding the felt mental impact of trauma, anxiety, depression and what might be labelled mental illness through the intensity of abstract sound.

This program is taking place on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Clunes and surrounds, developed as part of a Regional Arts Victoria Fellowship, which forms new partnerships between Thembi Soddell, Liquid Architecture, Clunes Free Library and Clunes Neighbourhood House.

The fellowship research is grounded in the question: in what ways might a solo, experimental art practice be relevant, accessible and sustainable in a regional location? It will involve interviews with regional artists and experiments in remote methods of working, which will be published on this website by the end of 2021.