My current painting practice explores the tradition of landscape with a focus on the temporal; the idea that places remember their past whilst always being at the mercy of human intervention and other forces of change.
As an expansion on ideas of ‘country’ and ‘place’ I also look at landscape in the context of nomadic subcultures such as the travelling carnival and, indirectly, the legacy and spirit of early pioneers and explorers- people in search of a place to dwell, if only on the fringes.
My paintings work with elements of pictorial ambiguity and mystery to explore these themes, perhaps evoking a bygone era, but remaining contemporary through the use of a variety of materials, processes and the deployment of discontinuous space.
I would like to evolve my work by making paintings and drawings en plein air in the Bundanon landscape and, as a new aspect of my practice, explore interior contexts; in this case the residence of the late Arthur Boyd. The observation and rendering of artefacts and the memory and absence of people assist the development of potential narratives.
I think that through continual contact and immersion with the specific physical aspects of Bundanon and the interior ‘memory’ of Arthur Boyd’s residence that I can generate studies that capture some of the beauty, historical richness and ‘spirit’ of this unique place. Transitions between twilight and darkness, internal/external and figure/field relationships are a means by which I can express the psychological and metaphysical aspects of ‘Landscape’.
Provided with the opportunity to evolve my practice on a deeper level through a residency at Bundanon, I believe I can produce a body of work that engages the viewer with the ideas I have outlined above.
Particular sites of interest on the Bundanon property I wish to explore are the natural amphitheatre towards the back of the property that I have previously visited as a day-tripper and also the Shaolhaven River and surrounding grazing meadows. My aim is to hold an exhibition showcasing work developed at Bundanon.
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