Opening by Robert Purves AM
President WWF Australia (World Wide Fund for Nature),
Board Member Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Australia.
2pm Saturday 8 December 2012
Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Exhibition continues until 24 January 2013
Double Vision brings together the inspiring works of two very different artists – yet is also a celebration of powerfully shared themes.
For both artists, the exploration of pattern and structure in the natural environment is a key element. Stubbles’ richly tactile, yet painterly, abstracted landscapes and Morecroft’s seductively detailed photographs are an intriguing combination.
“I’m fascinated by the processes that produce patterns in geology and biology. As you examine the detail, you see repeated motifs, like variations on a musical theme. Erosion, sedimentation, fractal patterns of vegetation, or mineral formation – there’s a clear sense of common forces at work; universal rules of structure from micro to macro.”
Tanya Stubbles’ art practice began in 2006 and she remains seriously committed to her art, exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions in Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Alice Springs and China. She completed two residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon, was a 2008 Wynne Prize finalist and won the 2012 Wollongong City Art Prize.
Tanya is a highly intuitive artist pushing the boundaries, exploring new ideas, processes and materials and creating unique personal perspectives of the world around her. The connection between objects and memory is no coincidence. She intentionally uses sentimental or nostalgic materials to trigger the subconscious using all manner of natural and found ephemera assembled into abstract wall pieces or installations.
The results have powerful resonance. “People are instantly reminded of the past, especially their childhood. My art is not about me. It’s about the people I meet and the stories they tell me. Connecting with people and their past is one of the best parts of my practice”, she says. “The art of storytelling is becoming lost.”
The series in this exhibition explores delicate and subtle movements in nature. Intrigued with repetitive patterns in the landscape, Tanya uses weathered timbers that carry a sense of history and place creating intricately woven pieces that speak of the Australian Bush. The works incorporate organic materials sourced on field trips including river sand, ochres and red earth. This further develops the on going theme of sense of place and creates works which have a ethereal intensity.
“I have great respect for Richard’s work. Although working in different medias I believe our works have direct relationships as we are exploring similar themes of the Australian landscape.”