About the Works in the Exhibition
Where: Dickerson Gallery, Syney Australia
When: 22nd August 2007 to 9th September 2007
Address: 34 Queen Street, Woollahra Sydney, Australia
ph: (02) 9363 3358
Salvage was first exhibited in February this year (2007) at Dickerson
Gallery in Melbourne.
“I wanted to make a series of large figures that act as containers
for layers of drawing, colour and texture; vessels that hold anatomical
landscapes within. I am intrigued by archaeology and the layers which
record the process of time unfolding, and wanted to convey the sense that
the figures have been lying for a long while out in the elements, and
have acquired a patina of age.
The strata of each work are constructed from layers of charcoal, oil paint
and pencil. The figures are eroded through burning, scratching and gouging:
acts of destruction that I use to reveal, rather than eliminate, past
layers. The cycle of addition and subtraction continues until the final
form is revealed.
I begin with drawings made directly from the model, and fill these containers
with a personal system of anatomical notations that represent elements
such as ribs, sternum and collarbones. These structures are overlaid with
marks drawn from flow diagrams, glacial maps, x-rays and MRI scans –
information which becomes absorbed into the dense mass of the figure.
This material which may partly or even wholly disappear informs the next
part of the process.
My work is about time and process and history. In these works, I invoke
the sensation of being unearthed, being part of the earth: the forms come
to resemble the geography and geology of the land.”