Tracing the Vanishing

'Tracing the Vanishing' was my solo exhibition at West End Art Space in Melbourne, 23 August - 9 September 2023. Exploring the monoprint and layered bushland as evocation, this body of work portrays the importance of landscape in our lives - how it mirrors our thoughts and moods; how it provides beauty and solace; and how it’s destruction can speak to our personal loss. My inspiration comes from Baigup Wetlands on the Swan Riverfloodplain – a place of mutable shadows, light and reflections. It possesses a haunting beauty and timelessness, compelling me to pause and reflect on all that we have and all that we stand to lose.

Prints photographed by Eva Fernandez and Stuart Peel.

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land where I work and live, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, and pay my respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. I celebrate the continuing culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of all communities who also work and live on this land.

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