“My Country, Utopia” is my latest landscape painting completed. It gently explores the idea of migration and memory through a familiar landscape.
This artwork has been submitted into the Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Award 2018.
All my life I have been fascinated by the sense of history in the landscape I visit and the stories of my family that explain my place in the world. My sense of home is influenced by a childhood spent in the Yarra Valley in Victoria and years of exploring the landscape of Europe and Eastern Australia.
When I visited New Zealand recently I felt a connection to the land that resonated with this sense of place. I could also see the relationship the environment would have had for my ancestors as they emigrated to places like this wild and beautiful country. The foreign rolling green hills familiar to me even as I stood on the land for the first time.
This landscape explores the connection I have to my past through the memories the land evokes. As time and generations pass, perception becomes idealised, distorted and often Utopian.
My Country, Utopia
Gouache, Watercolour and Oil pastel on Watercolour Paper
122cm x 86cm framed
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Until Next Time,