Marion Marrison

Had a look at Marion’s final PhD exhibition today.

In the dark of the gallery photographs line the walls, each individually lit. The photos are all presented in landscape orientation roughly 60×80 cm but some much wider and comprised of more than one image spliced together. The content is fairly nondescript bushland with text beneath the photograph to indicate a personal connection, in the form of distance from the artist’s home. The photos have evocative titles that add emotion without being too prescriptive. I enjoyed this exhibition, but I was struck by something I hadn’t understood before. As I walked around I could sense the fragility of the loose paper hanging against the wall. I felt tense as though the rich pigment would speak to me with a siren call, resulting in me touching the work or brushing up against it and causing damage. Unfortunately this hampered my immersion in the work. I realised that this fragility was not something I want in my work. I am happy that fabric works have a resilience that not only withstands, but encourages, touch. I want to embrace the haptic qualities to add another dimension of sense to the appreciation of my work.

Resilience could be a keyword? Fits with the values and physical attributes of my work.

Mutable Terrains: a photographic exploration of bushland close to home.

This practice-led project re-explores a fragment of land a few steps from home south of nipaluna/Hobart. Bush comprises most of the valley which runs down to the river and formed part of the range of the muwinina people who were displaced by colonial farmers in the 1800s. The project had its genesis in a four-decade relationship with this place, which has been fundamental in establishing my connection to land and forming my Tasmanian identity. One of the aims of the research was to explore how a white, locally-born artist can find a connection with and a sense of belonging in this landscape and an authentic and respectful means of representing it.
 

Viewing by appointment only, during these times

Mon 24, Tue 25, Wed 26 & Fri 28 May, 10.30 -3.30
and Thurs 27 May, 2 – 7pmMarion.Marrison@utas.edu.au, 0422 101 947

Mutable Terrains: a photographic exploration of bushland close to home. This practice-led project re-explores a fragment of land a few steps from home south of nipaluna/Hobart. Bush comprises most of the valley which runs down to the river and formed part of the range of the muwinina people who were displaced by colonial farmers in the 1800s. The project had its genesis in a four-decade relationship with this place, which has been fundamental in establishing my connection to land and forming my Tasmanian identity. One of the aims of the research was to explore how a white, locally-born artist can find a connection with and a sense of belonging in this landscape and an authentic and respectful means of representing it.

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