Coming up: 'Out of Oblivion'

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Weeroona Park, 56 Lock Street, Stanthorpe Queensland 4380

Exhibition dates: 4 April - 5 May 2019

Opening: Thursday 18 April 2019, more details coming soon
Guest artists: Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Jan Baker-finch: opening night performance; Vicki Kelleher: poetry; Zoe Wolfe: drawings.

Image: Renata Buziak At the Dam, 2017, Print on fabric, 145x200 cm

Out of Oblivion series was created during an artistic residency for the last three years on a forested property at Wilsons Downfall. Local bush flowers, flickering in the sunlight and scattered across this beautiful and inspirational landscape, are the focus of this series. The flowers, such as Glycine clandestine (Twining glycine) and Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Yellow buttons) to name just a couple, were collected at various locations on the property to create images and map the locations.

Many of the flowers are almost invisible in the landscape amongst abundant lush ferns, tall grasses and fallen branches. This exhibition brings the blossoms out of their bush stage, where they once flourished unseen, and thereafter have emerged grander and brighter as art installations in situ during The Piano Mill public events. These emergent hues now dominate the Gallery space with their bold and rich presence.

To create these images I use an experimental process I call the biochrome. I have been developing this process for over a decade. Based on the fusion of organic and photographic materials over a period of time, and subject to natural decomposition, biochromes are records of nature’s events of organic decay and growth. This art/science undertaking allows for transformation of flora, and makes visible what is usually invisible to our eyes.

Special thanks to Jocelyn and Bruce Wolfe for making this project possible.

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