Floundering

Jillian Brady

Friday 23 Oct, 2020 – Sunday 31 Jan, 2021

Floundering is an extension of the book Floundering: Stories from Cradle Mountain by Tasmanian writer and photographer Jillian Brady. Using photographs, ideas and text this exhibition further explores our often tangled relationships with each other and with the natural environment.

‘You are walking into a white landscape. A monochrome environment. A world enveloped, colour drained to reveal its essence. Details of rocks and trees concealed. It is cold. It is silent. It is beautiful. You are alone. How do you feel?

Scared. Nervous. Apprehensive. Isolated. Disorientated. Overwhelmed. Awed. Rejuvenated. Restored. Relaxed. Grateful. Refreshed.

The immensity of the landscape is overwhelming. The lake stretches before you. The mountains tower over you. But look closer. Look for the small things – air bubbles trapped in ice, snow crystals nestled on leaves, the twist of a branch. Listen – for the water tinkling on the shore, a bird calling in the distance, the crunch of snow beneath your feet. The small details are as important as the broad views.

As you stand here – think about this landscape of Cradle Mountain. Think of the mountain watching from deep time, watching the humans who have walked here before you, watching you as you add your footsteps to the story. Think about your life.

You may flounder in the snow. You may flounder in your life. But look for the small things. Look for hope. It is there.

Relax into the mountain. The quietness is pure. This is where you belong.

In coming to the mountain, you can come to yourself.’

Images:

  • Jillian Brady, this is me floundering, 2020.
  • Jillian Brady, war.loun.dig.er.ler, 2020.
  • Jillian Brady, Never turn your back, 2020.
  • Jillian Brady, wee.bone.ne.tin.ker, 2020.