Some work I have been exploring over the last few months and during my residency in September at Contains Art have been pursuing more of the enquiries about how the landscape is portrayed in the visual arts, particularly concerning painting and printmaking.
Initiated during my residency in Cyprus back in 2013, the landscape has played an increasing role in my practice, moving me away from the figurative work I was creating up until 2013. Now, through a variety experiments and playing with materials collected from the landscape, visiting countries and exploring through pilgrimage and walking, my landscapes have expanded into many forms, linked to the types of printmaking explored by the Chinese and Japanese artists, utilising some of their printmaking sensibilities,and expanding to reveal landscapes hidden away in the ground one walks upon.
Through collecting samples from the earth I collect and grow hidden worlds in petri dishes. Forming growths that inspire various mark made on the surface, exploring intricate relationships between nature and the artist’s intervention – revealing and reforming material into an aesthetic image. Through science and art something new is born from the synthesis, inspiring new forms of image making.
Tthese explorations explore alternative ways of mark making and those marks we leave behind.
These are re-translated into alternative paintings, working with material from the landscape to form images on postcards, acting as symbols for travel, exploring the movement of material brought back from our travels. Paintings explore the song-lines of our journey from one place to another, exploring our collaboration and symbiosis with nature, forming interesting abstracts that resonate with the landscape, planets and nature.
Zen processes through using natural forms and movement from collected water; listening to the sounds of nature and the song-line maps sung by the people of Australia, seeking new forms of mapping reality and using natural and industrial pigments to explore our anthropogenic reality.