Hill End AIR Program participant
In May 2017 I was lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Hill End through Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Hill End Residency Program. Over the course of the 4 weeks I made a lot of work, it’s an inspiring place. It’s also diverse place. There’s the rugged nature of the central west landscape that surrounds Hill End. I love the sparseness of this landscape, interspersed with the density of Gum trees all twisted and gnarled. This ruggedness is contrasted with the gentle slopes, the colours and the magnificent light that one encounters when approaching, and in Hill End itself. I found myself ‘chasing’ this light.
This gallery contains a small selection of the works produced during the residency.
‘Notes on Trees’ is series mixed media drawings that were executed plein air in the bushland areas around Hill End. These drawings map the shapes, colours and contours of the gnarled beauties in the bush.
‘Notes on Light’ is a series of paintings also executed plein air seeking the fleeting nature of the fading light.
'Here and there, Central West' and 'A short Walk' are vignettes of driving and walking through the local area.
‘Passing Through’ is a work consisting of animated drawings, designed to be projected onto still drawings mounted on a wall. The work documents travelling through: the repetition of the passing landscape, the shifting light and changing landscape en route to Hill End. The drawings that make up the animation are what I have called ‘light box drawings’. These were all executed on small pieces of drafting film or tracing paper. The drawings were then placed into the studio windows for photographing, sometimes as single pieces, other times layered with other drawings. The changing light from behind has created an ethereal mood to each drawing, and allowed me to ‘chase the light’.
These works lead me into painting on the tracing paper using transparent colours, again this allowed me to chase the light and give the works a luminosity that I was looking for when placed into the windows.