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.