Here's an outline of the exhibition
‘…the friends landed in this silent, silver kingdom, and patiently explored the hedges, the hollow trees, the tunnels and their little culverts, the ditches and dry waterways… Then a change began slowly to declare itself. The horizon became clearer, field and tree came more into sight, and somehow with a different look; the mystery began to drop away from them. A bird piped suddenly, and was still; and a light breeze sprang up and set the reeds and bulrushes rustling…’ excerpt from the chapter entitled Piper at the Gates of Dawn from Kenneth Grahame’s novel The Wind in the Willows
Ever since I read these words as a child I have been fascinated by the landscape, especially our Australian landscape which contrasts so dramatically to the land described in the book. More recently, I travelled to Italy where I spent a month travelling through beautiful, lush scenery which was a stark contrast to our sometimes parched land.
What also fascinated me during this trip was how the people related to the land something I had not considered when creating landscapes during my creative life.
The culmination of the book and the trip have resulted in me re thinking how the figure is seen in the landscape or rather how I can depict the figure within its surrounds; creating questions for the viewer – whether or not they are answered is not important, it’s more the sensation of being in the moment, empathising with the figure in the landscape experiencing the heightened reality of the sound of the Piper at the Gates of Dawn which actually may have been a bird but was alluded to as Pan’s pipes.
This is the experience I want to create for the viewer – to be lost in the beauty of the moment.
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