FADING TO GREY
Gympie Regional Gallery June 20 - July 14 2018
Opening Saturday June 23 @ 1.30pm
Artist in Residence Saturday July 14 10am - 3pm- see me working in the gallery, everybody welcome to come in and say hello and ask questions about my work.
Free colour catalogue available.
‘Fading to Grey’ is an exhibition of printmaking, works on paper, installations and artist books that comments on human-initiated transformations of the landscape around us – urbanisation, agricultural monocultures, invasive species, and fragmentation of wildlife habitats.
The idea of nature is a slippery one – true wild places are hard to find because we’ve permanently eco-engineered our environment through farming, urban sprawl and conservation management. The landscape is turning ‘grey’ with human development, fragmented with pockets of green space, where we unrealistically expect to find nature pure and unaffected by our activities.
Most of us only interact with nature within the areas we live – our backyards, local parks, farms, shorelines and remnant bushland. These areas close to human habitation are most likely to be highly modified forms of nature with a mix of exotic, feral, and native species. For me, there’s a fundamental disconnect between this altered version of nature and how I imagine and want it to be.
The underlying narrative in 'Fading to Grey' is how these changes to my local landscape have impacted on my personal relationship with the natural world. The work for this exhibition encompasses emotional responses - the unease of change, memory and loss, the celebration of intimate connections, and the uncertainty of how to make a positive difference as an individual.
My exhibition will explore these ideas through a variety of mediums and techniques, with artworks cross referencing each other throughout the gallery space, where the collective completes the journey for the viewer. The exhibition will include artist books and sculptural objects on plinths, free-form paper and wood installations, as well as framed works. Techniques include monoprinting, etching and drypoint, as well as drawing, image transfer, encaustic, and collage.
The collected works in ‘Fading to Grey’ will suggest to the audience a different way of looking at what is going on around them and encourage discussion about their own individual impacts on the natural world.