Close to Home
Robyn Gibson, Kir Larwill & Diana Orinda-Burns
9 - 27 November 2016
Opening Wednesday 9 November, 6.30-8pm
Diana Orinda Burns
"Close to home, Mount Korong situated near Wedderburn and the lower hills which surround it have a prominent landscape of granite. I love to draw these ancient architectural formations, which exude an elusive sense of timelessness and mystery. Connections can be made to similar landscapes which intuit a universal sense of place and belonging. The prints are an intimate and heartfelt response to the land I call home."
Our place in the world (how we humans ‘settle’ in the changing natural environment) and contingency (the nature of dependent arising and ceasing of all things) are the main concerns in my current work. A recent trip to Indonesia, and in particular the island of Gili Meno, was the inspiration for these prints. Seeing, walking across and snorkelling amongst huge mounds of bleached and broken coral around the island brought home the impact of the warming environment we live in and the devastation this is creating in the natural world.
The starting point of these prints were simple line sketches made from a collection of small pieces of this bleached coral laid out on a sarong, like totems or glyphs. Manipulated photocopies of these sketches – in the form of paper collage – were then used to make new shapes for the large, six-panel print.
The prints represent a kind of language, a code, for me, of how every action we make affects the world around us. In the smaller prints I see a statement of dying and destruction – austere totems of things gone (in one sense) from this world. However, the large print represents a question to me – what comes next? Not in the context of wanting to know the future, but staying alert to the possibilities: newly imagined growth, different forms of life, something arising from the mounds? What might ‘next’ look like?
Towns, some of them, are changing. New people are moving in. Others’ sense of place, and of their place in it, is unsettled. The town feels different, it’s changing, and there’s a fear that it’s for the worse. A fear occasionally unleashed in letters to local papers: “Latte sipping blow-ins” are on the march.
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