The Australian Museum
Digital prints on paper, pastel, pencil
This work was made as part of a partnership
with scientists during a residency at the Australian Museum, Sydney.
The landscapes evoke a sense of place/space which can best be described
as ‘west of the Great Dividing Range’. The images are
types of landscape rather than specific places and were created
entirely within a computer, existing first as wire-frame models.
The clouds, shadows and atmosphere of the images
suggest the ephemeral nature of experience and there is a sense
of timelessness in the landscape. The hand-drawn shapes and symbols,
which are derived from geological maps, speak of the system of abstraction
which the scientist projects or applies to the landscape.
However, there is a sense of absence in these images,
of their being incomplete - as if to say that rationalism on its
own isn’t enough.
Dr. Paul Tacon's catalogue essay
The project also involved a field trip with geologists
to the western plains of NSW where they were researching remnants
of volcanic activity from over 200 million years ago. The variety
of relationships to landscape was an important factor in developing
the work and also the subject of research by anthropologists at
the People and Place Research Centre at the museum.
My catalogue essay