By further exploring my landscape impressions, I am paying tribute to the spirit of this ancient land. In these works I continue a 5 year concern with iron hues, texture, meandering ridge lines; an aesthetic concerned with an expansive horizon, awesome valleys, vast terrain and underpinned by the need to conserve it all.
Landscape in Australia is akin to religion…instead of going to church many Australians pile the family into the 4WD and go bush. In an obtuse way we Ozzies feel the divine in the land, it’s a place of replenishment and regeneration- where we can ‘get away from it all’.
This work, A Wizened Meandering Thread, is part of a body of work produced in 2007 addressing the complexity of issues around the water supply that many Australian communities face. Rather than specifically deal with any one locality or solution it is my intention to use the dry river metaphor to voice the cry of the land.
Within the landscape genre, I work to integrate a range of disciplines through art; Earth Science, fundamental to ceramic materials, and Environmental Science, managing and mapping the changing land, feature strongly amongst them. Science, ceramic technique and aesthetics form a confluence, serving my process by embedding meaning.
This body of work follows from my experience of the Central Australian landscape. My intention is to produce work assuming an empathetic fragility whilst reflecting the nature of Earth. The uniquely bulbous rock formations of the desert that characterize this collection testify to aeons of erosion and weathering.