RUST&DUST 2010-2015

What is the relationship of a human body and it’s journey through the time and space it travels? Exploring how we move and the impact of the environment is a goal of the scientist. Recognising and sharing the experience in that present time, that we are the goal and it is changing with us, is the role of the artist – John Cage (2013)

Human impact, directly on place, in the intimate subjective space.

Look again at the world we are sharing, the elemental world.

Objects are energy fields subject to other energy fields.

Space on space, a concentration of attention and possibility.

This work is a layered collection of images from a journey that started two decades ago. While living and working in remote central Australian desert communities, I travelled repeatedly on the well-worn tracks that run through it. The adventure is ongoing as I revisit these sites every 2-3 years and capture yet another landscape painting emerging in the rusting and dusted car-bodies; long since discarded but now landmarks of not-forgotten events that are forming their own cultural story line.

They’ve been resting here for so long now, decades. The grass grows amongst them and is burned, grows and burns, grows and burns, seasonally; and the paintings just get more and more beautiful every year.

There are 35 images and 7 stories. Each image is a GPS located study situated in the middle of the Australian desert, mapped over a 20 year period as they are slowly reclaimed by the environment. Each image is a 30 x 30 photo-canvas layered with the perceptible micro, macro and human scale visual descriptors that identify it. The photo-canvas is also a digital pathway to the intangible story of an event since past, that gives the wreck meaning and context to the people creating and living in the landscape.

The Rust and Dust story has also been published in two books (2014 and 2015) of 20 pages and more than 30 images that are linked to Aurasma-files describing the event.

Story books and photo-canvas are sold individually or in sets from Art Echo online store.


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