Australia: once a dark mysterious place, hidden from the world, shrouded in mystery, encountered by people for the first time as a vast wasteland to be done with what they pleased. While reading David Malouf's 'Conversations and Curlow Creek' I couldn't help but sense a feeling of dark fear, of rugged survival met by men who did not know this land. This was not all that long ago, and I want to seek out pockets of what remains dark, vast and mysterious.
The Following Writing is my meandering thoughts about what I intend to do/find and produce during this time:
My mission is to explore how to represent this feeling and these places through painting, prose and photography.
Travelling through Tasmania in my mobile studio, I will be unturning stones to see what quivers beneath them.
Searching for physical relics of this time, through landscapes, architecture and antique stores. I will be hunting.
Why: to connect with this place, to allow it to speak to me.
Searching for a connection with place and land.
Reflection on change in myself during the process
Phenomological approach: adequate documentation.
To create a body of work with depth, substance, theory and high quality paintings that can be exhibited and presented as an application for a possible masters program in future.
Things to take with me: - books and ideas on the phenomological process of producing a body of work - information and concepts by heidegger and other philiosphers of note - books on painting theories, approaches - art supplies a plenty - kettle - instant coffee