Galleries 4 & 5
23 September - 11 October 2015
Opening Wednesday 23 September, 6.30-8pm
"The artwork in NEXUS has been influenced by my travels across the South West Victorian volcanic plain, in particular the area known as the Stony Rises, a low rise of rocky outcrops formed by previous volcanic activity. The land formation here proved inhospitable to European farmers, and still today, converting and flattening the landscape remains an objective for many land occupiers of this region.
As I drive through this landscape to my workplace at the Institute of Koorie Education in Geelong, I am reminded of the changes this environment has witnessed over time; it’s a place that heightens my awareness of the traditional inhabitants of the land, the Djargurd wurrung people, their displacement and also the environment's conversion through subsequent European occupation and farming practices.
The land is embedded with histories and the land conveys its stories. The patterning of stone fences and rows of plantings evident in the landscape are akin to the structure, repetition and ordered containment found in European lace designs.
As a non-Indigenous Australian, I find myself in both strange and yet familiar territory. In the Pulse paintings and the Seeing You/Seeing Me series, I layer referential elements in order to signify this conjunction. In the Reflection/Deflection works I use various fabrics layered over mirror surfaces to signify a fluctuating relationship and in order to position myself within the nexus of relationships this land has sustained."
Liza McCosh, September 2015