Peta Dzubiel – Across Time and Place

Across Time and Place

Depot II Gallery 2013

This solo exhibition stems from a Bundanon Trust Artists’ residency during the entire month of November last year. The paintings focus on the property, its vastness, beauty and skies that seek to envelop one in its weather. In addition to the landscapes, figurative paintings that feature artefacts and the memory and absence of people assist the development of potential narratives. Internal and external figure/field relationships are a means by which I can express the psychological and metaphysical aspects of ‘Landscape’.

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.

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.

Peta Dzubiel, 2013


Thank you to the Bundanon Trust and artists’ residency team.



Kathryn Joergensen

Chelsea Lehmann

David Palmer

Wendy & Peter Dzubiel

Kim Pearce

Kath Fries

Sylvia Tuz Photography

Mark Leaver

Rachel Carroll

Lee Stone

Eve Patterson

The art shop Mona vale

Week one at Bundanon

Reflecting on my time in Bundanon after the first week, I can honestly say it has been food for the soul. The property is historically and artistically rich and I have spent much of my time exploring it. The property is overwhelmingly beautiful and there is a real sense of imagination that is present within the landscape, flora and fauna. I have been observing and making studies, predominantly featuring the landscape, by taking many photographs and short films, drawing and making oil sketches en plein air. All of my oil paintings have the lovely edition of bugs that did a kamikaze directly into the wet oil paint. Proof that the paintings were made in situ!

Much of my time here so far has been consumed with forming a connection to place and researching the history of the area, in and around Nowra and the site of Bundanon.  This country was originally the land of the Wodi Wodi people who speak the Dharawal language and in 1805 Government surveyors made first contact. Transport to the area at this time was by punt up and down the Shoalhaven River and by horse and cart. The property has Scottish roots as it was bought and farmed by the McKenzie’s in 1839 straight off the boat from Scotland. They retained the property for four generations and built the sandstone homestead in 1866 that Arthur and Yvonne Boyd lived in.

Other places I have visited in Nowra include the Regional Gallery and the very quirky and outrageously painted all original Merroogal House; the interiors of which are sure to enter my work. The camera in this instance has become my sketchbook, snapping away at objects and artefact.

This week I will work up some of the oil sketches and drawings into bigger canvases in the studio.