Conversations with a Landscape

2019

Artist statement

These objects respond to a tree and the place in which it grows. The artist would like to acknowledge that this work was made beside the waters and on lands of the Taungurung Clans. This tree stands majestic and sublime, its imposing size suggesting it is many hundred years old. A vital living thing, a survivor of the colonialising impact of sawmilling, the high-country cattle industry,19th century, and ongoing farming and leisure activities. It stands on the verge of a stone-filled mountain river, teetering on the boundaries of possessed and Crown lands. Conversations with a Landscape uses the framed space of a vitrine to propose that we occupy a newly defined place in nature and within the genre of landscape.

About the exhibition

Conversations With a Landscape will present an investigation into my relationship with the Australian landscape and a particular rural place.

I have visited an area of the Victorian high country for many years. A body of work will be created using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place. All works have been made at the site of investigation. The resulting vessels, record the textures and organic material of this place and my physical engagement with it. 

These vessels and sculptures respond to a particular Mountain Gum, 712cm in diameter and thought to be pre-settlement. This tree has significant agency. It grows on the unceded land of the Taungurung people. It stands unharvested, majestic and sublime on the edge of the Delatite River. A survivor of the colonial impact of saw milling, the high-country cattle industry, 19th century and ongoing farming and thriving leisure industry.  It stands as a provocation and reminder of longevity and pre-recorded history of this place.

This project proposes that we occupy a newly redefined place in nature, one that is observant and respectful. The objects made through this investigation explore a way of constructing and acknowledging landscape outside of colonial tropes and actions of  consumption, ownership, and labelling.  
 

Artworks in Exhibition

Advice from Clouds
2019
22cm (W) x 29cm (H) x 11cm (D)
Stoneware Ceramics
Trunk
2019
30cm (W) x 88cm (H) x 30cm (D)
Stoneware Ceramics
Installation Conversation with a Landscape
2019
2000cm (W) x 150cm (H) x 45cm (D)
stoneware clay & glaze
Installation at Craft
2019
stoneware clay & glaze
Advice from River Stones
2019
stoneware clay & glaze, Delatite River stones
Text for Conversation with a Landscape
2019
watercolour on paper

I respectfully acknowledge,
that I care for family, friends, and community
on the lands of
Traditional Custodians,
the Boonwurrung, Woiwurung and Taungurung
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