(Image Credit (detail): Heather Fairnie)
From near – by rivers and desert country, the wind traverses over ancient clay, around the Mallee trees, porcupine grass and blackwood trees. reaching out, the warm presence and trace of momentum is all around like spirit.
l believe i can see the winds form. wind, water, sun, leave their trace across clay and salt, the cosmos lingers above as witness to country.
The layers of paint in these works negotiate a space that is hidden.
What Fairnie is prepared to reveal is the layered and complicated connection as an inherited ‘witness’ to the Greater Mallee. This region Fairnie exposes as the ground in her paintings, is a dark and complicated surface. Letting the viewer witness the past through exposing the layers that are built up over time, but also, we lay witness to the present in the surface which reflects everything around it.
Exhibition dates: Exhibition will run in NOVEMBER 2020, pending government lockdown restrictions easing.