Phd Examination Exhibition
Agency in Garden Imagery: A Painterly Investigation into Thresholds of Otherness
20 October – 30 October, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
This studio-based investigation explores traditional representations of gardens in order to create an alternative way of perceiving cultivated space. This exhibition presents a way of perceiving “otherness” in garden imagery through the materiality, colour and agency of paint. The works offer an alternative visual conception of tensions between gender, identity, power, agency and authority.
The vista is presented as one that comes from standing within. Rather than a scene or picture, this vision is embedded and grounded, elemental and basic. It acknowledges the historical, cultural, gendered and political ways of seeing a vista and the power positions in garden imagery. Thus it steps outside these traditional notions and presents a way of looking that embodies a relationship to potency and potentiality, a threshold position that is never fixed or static but one that evokes a poetic sense of renewal and regeneration.