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Recent graduate from RMIT, Helen Bowman, is having having her first solo show.
Her artist statement outlines her intention with this new body of work:
My starting point is a delight in the natural world, particularly in landscape - in the folds and mounds of earth that echo the sensual forms of the body, the colours, the light, shade and the texture and relationship between the earth itself and the vegetation that cloaks, frames and grows out of it.
This delight is tempered by an awareness of the degree to which human activity impacts on the land - shaping, changing and permanently modifying the natural forms. These processes both indelibly scar and transform it creating an, often paradoxical, beauty.
It is our impact on landscape that I am interested in exploring through my work. As someone who works with metal I feel it is important to acknowledge the impact the methods of extracting metal have on the land.
I’m interested in working with largely recycled, base metals because they are very familiar yet their idiosyncratic beauty is often overlooked. I’m drawn to galvanized iron as a material, in particular, because it is such an eloquent, and familiar, metaphor for the Australian light and landscape. It is an uncompromising material, softened and made sparkling by the crystalline surface of its zinc coating. Working with zinc on its own is a delight with its subtle colour and the softness of the metal.
I find working in a way that minimises the introduction of other materials is very satisfying as it maintains the integrity of the material– so wherever possible the fittings are cut out of the metal and is slotted together rather than being soldered.
253 Flinders Lane
16-30 August 2010
Thursday 19 August 5-7pm
Room 821 Nicholas Building
Corner Swanston street and Flinders Lane
images by Terence Bogue