Gallery / Conversations with a Landscape



9 APRIL - 18 MAY 2019


Conversations with a landscape present an investigation into our relationship with the Australian landscape.


”I have visited this area of the Victorian high country for many years. All works have been made at the site of investigation, using the pliant material of clay to capture a tangible sense of place.”


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 colonising 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.


The making of these ceramic artefacts is the outcome of a corresponding and complementary flow of material with a vital connection to place.

Installation Conversation with a Landscape 2019 by Robyn Phelan

Installation Conversation with a Landscape  2019

ceramics, watercolour on paper


Installation at Craft 2019 by Robyn Phelan

Installation at Craft  2019

Tree Hugger 2019 by Robyn Phelan

Tree Hugger  2019

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Advice from Clouds 2019 by Robyn Phelan

Advice from Clouds  2019

Advice from River Stones 2019 by Robyn Phelan

Advice from River Stones  2019

Text for Conversation with a Landscape 2020 by Robyn Phelan

Text for Conversation with a Landscape  2020