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Papering Topographies

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Henderson, SJ, Papering Topographies, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Minor Creative Work]


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Abstract

Papering Topographies is a site-specific painting installation designed for Sawtooth ARI, Launceston. Ink paintings on paper of geological structures, rock scree, trees and lichens are pasted directly onto the gallery walls. Architectural features and the white walls become grounds and framing devices for surfaces suggesting of a range of topologies. Ariel views, cliff edges, buttresses, wet crevices, dense forests and scree paths are referenced on long paper drops of implied three dimensional painted surfaces, with abrupt and connected tonal and colour transitions. High places, geology and exploring intimate encounters with natural environments through painting processes have been central to my visual arts practice. I am fascinated with how the material qualities of ink and paint might reflect perceptions and experiences of places. A range of visual strategies are used in Papering Topographies to negotiate ideas of local natural environments, with influences from Western landscape traditions (the scenic, the Sublime) and patterning derived from domestic interior design. The lichen is a life form composted of an algae and a fungus in a symbiotic relationship. The combined qualities of the organism react differently then the separate. Hand printed lichen motifs in a half drop repeat pattern cover the southern wall, colours receding and advancing, reminiscent of colour field painting charts or floral wallpaper. The white wall spaces are activated as background extending around the Eastern corner where the wall becomes negative space between pictorial elements of cliff edges and rock formations. The architecture, white walls and the paintings become in dialogue, symbiotically creating the exhibition. Lichens are sensitive to environmental disturbances. The systematic patterning breaks down, lichens colonize other spaces, infiltrating the Sawtooth entry and Western gallery wall where black and white paintings of rock surfaces, scree and trees in 3 metre vertical drops extend the 14 metres gallery length. Two white framed gallery doors, green exit sign, light switches and the red fire extinguisher sign provide ruptures in the dark surfaces.

Item Details

Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:visual art, exhibition
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual Arts and Crafts
Research Field:Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Author:Henderson, SJ (Dr Susan Henderson)
ID Code:121694
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Office of the School of TCOTA
Deposited On:2017-10-11
Last Modified:2017-10-11
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