Rachel Anne Buch

Nestle in Onkaparinga

Sunroom Studio | January - March 2019

Nestle in Onkaparinga is an interactive nest building project that uses social engagement to map out the local landscape, flora, fauna and culture.

For performance artist Rachel Anne Buch, nests symbolise a comfort zone; a portable safe haven from which she is able to facilitate a performative and creative experience for people of any age or ability to openly interact. This iteration of nest building was generated across three months whilst Buch was in-residence as a collective interpretation of the City of Onkaparinga.

Nestle in Onkaparinga  is the outcome of a larger project involving inclusive workshops held at Sauerbier House and interactive performances held throughout the 2019 Fringe Festival.

The nest artworks, Coral Culture and River Remnants were born from participation, discussion and imagination.  Coral Culture was designed to resemble the local coral reefs and beaches with participants (often children) expressing their experiences of these complex systems through sculptural forms. You may notice, nestled in the coral reef, familiar faces such as Shaun the Sheep and a Minecraft Sponge-bob.

River Remnants represent the forest growth and green spaces that surround the Onkaparinga River and reflects the thoughts and visions gathered at the Port Noarlunga Fringe from local community and visitors. 

The nests have been created from found objects and children’s craft materials. These materials were chosen to create an atmosphere of accessibility with any age, giving people the ability to relate or contribute to this artwork.

Documenting her progress on film and video whilst working on the residency project has allowed Buch the opportunity to collect images reflecting her process of making, concept building, performance preparation and presentation. Some of the props used throughout the performances are also on display. These artefacts provide visitors to Sauerbier House, in particular those who were unable to take part in the making process, with an overview of both the work and performances undertaken across this festival season.


Exhibition dates: January - March 2019
Exhibition venue: Sauerbier House, 21 Wearing St, Port Noarlunga SA 5167

Image credit: Nestle In Onkaparinga (performance detail), 2019. Image courtesy artist.