Caitlin Strongarm is a Brisbane-based multidisciplinary artist. A performer, maker and facilitator; she has created work for, and with, audiences of all ages across Australia. Having been a street theatre artist and a distraction therapist, with a background in clown and a mechanical mind, her works weave together original, highly visual concepts with gentle audience provocation, centred around playfulness. Her current focus in on creating large-scale interactive puppets as roving characters or installations, and she is currently artist in residence at the Brisbane Powerhouse after returning from work at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with PunchDrunk Enrichment (UK)/Imaginary Theatre and DeBase TC.
Artwork Title: The Valley Troll
Artist Statement: The Valley Troll is a creature that has long lived in the annals and nooks of 'The Valley', thriving in an environment of busy nightlife, loud music and late entertainment. Feeding on the late-night punter dropped kebabs and sucking spilled drinks from the floor of closed bars, the Troll has made a very happy home in 'The Valley' and it could be argued fits in rather well with the calibre of Valley patrons. Although the Troll has long lived in Fortitude Valley, until now there have only been a few reported sightings and close-encounters. However, enticed by the music and entertainment of the BIGSOUND festival, the Troll as finally come into the spotlight and will be interacting with the public for the first time.
Spot this misfit roving through the Fortitude Valley hotspots, or in his Rave Cave in the Brunswick St mall.