Current Collection

WEIRD MELANCHOLY

Using research and data collection as a point of departure this series investigates the immaterial energetic and temporal layers that resonate within a site. 

The works are born from a practice of awareness. They are an attempt to see, hear and experience beyond that which is immediately apparent: beyond the fixed frame of a frozen image; the static rock face; the churning whitewash of the high tide. 

However the intention of this practice is in the realisation that the full truth is never attainable. A desire to know and to have convenient answers can create tension and short-sightedness. When we open ourselves to the possibilities of that which exists beyond our scope of vision a more nuanced and richer appreciation of a site becomes available.

~ the term ‘Weird Melancholy’ was coined by English born Marcus Clarke during the late 1800 - in reference to a feeling of the inexplicable within the Australian landscape ~

This series is a work-in-progress. Many of the photographs in the reel below are initial visual explorations of sites of interest.


ARCTIC RESONANCE (1-minute excerpt)
Single-channel High Definition video 16:9, colour, sound


The site explored in this work is part of the Narrabeen rock series located within the Royal National Park just south of Sydney. These ripples tell geologists that the grains within the sedimentary rocks upon which Sydney is built are derived from rocks that formed between 500-700 million years ago in an area originating in what is now Eastern Antarctica. Traveling in a river upstream from Eastern Antartica to the Sydney basin. The ripple seemingly frozen in the rock resonates with all that exists beyond it, both in space and time.

As the filmmaker I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this video was filmed, the Dharawal people. I pay my respects to all Elders both past and present.


Recent Exhibitions

DYSFUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPES

Borrowed time and borrowed world
and borrowed eyes in which to sorrow it.
Cormac McCarthy The Road

The works in this series act as abstract visual speculations of our planet in a post climate-apocalypse scenario. The topics investigated are based on valid and current environmental concerns such as jellyfish blooms, bushfires, tree dieback and rising ocean temperatures. Already we are seeing the consequences of climate change - both expected and unexpected. The works in this series uses documented footage to reveal that when ecology is out of balance, familiar landscapes become dysfunctional and are rendered foreign.

The soundscapes in these video works are designed from NASA’s otherworldly recordings of the electromagnetic vibrations in Space. It is an eerie glimpse into a potential future of tree graveyards and oxygen deprived oceans. Earth as a planet that we no longer recognise.

The intention of this series is to motivate the audience to turn thinking into doing and take steps to help mitigate the deterioration of Earth’s ecosystems. The purpose is to celebrate the beauty of Earth - to act as a reminder of how much we have to lose.


BOY IN VERSAILLES - people's choice winner   Capture The Fade Exhibition, Paper Mill Gallery 17-28 November 2010 curated by Bill Henson & Ampersand Magazine

BOY IN VERSAILLES - people's choice winner
Capture The Fade Exhibition, Paper Mill Gallery
17-28 November 2010
curated by Bill Henson & Ampersand Magazine

Other Exhibitions

CAPTURE THE FADE

'Culture is never outside nature: the sweetly ambiguous musings of these image makers quietly rekindle our imaginings and help us to re-enter the dreamscape.

The particular quality that attracted me to the work of these people hovers around such notions. Thoughts half realised; the sense of something slipping away from thought; and emotions powerfully apprehended, yet not fully understood.

These pictures hint at a yearning for an otherness, an elsewhere, a lost domain. They may well indeed turn out to be capturing the fade.' Bill Henson