Near and Far
If you were born and bred in the country – like I was – a relationship with the natural world is inevitable, and for artists, this is surely something of a gift. In relation to my own practice, the rural environment in which I live and work is a source of inspiration, subject matter and breathing space.
But Wagga Wagga – or ‘the land of many crows’ – is by no means isolated; it is the largest inland city in NSW and in easy reach of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Increasingly, visits to these cities – as well as Perth – are yielding subject matter that constitutes the perfect foil to what I shoot locally.
All up, our relationship with ‘place’ is fundamental to who we are – a theme explored in my Time and Place exhibition at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s E3 art space in 2017 – and the following sequence of images develops the exploration across a range of contexts.