Wilderness Gallery to Open
We are pleased to announce that the Wilderness Gallery will be open Friday – Sunday from the 19th of June.
This aligns with the reopening of Cradle Mountain Hotel on the 15th of June, where you can now book your post-lockdown getaway at: cradlemountainhotel.com.au/winter-in-tassie
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery and showcasing the work of our current exhibiting artists. Beginning with these limited opening hours of Friday to Sunday, we will transition out of existing restrictions towards our full opening hours of Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm in the coming months.
In anticipation, let us introduce you to current exhibiting artist and three time artist-in-residence GINA.
Gina’s most recent residency was just prior to the statewide COVID-19 pandemic lock-down. Here, she reflects on this experience along with her current exhibition The Absence of Presence …
“I have arrived at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery for a 10 day residency prior to installing my exhibition The Absence of Presence. The works for this exhibition came out of a residency I was fortunate enough to have in mid-winter 2017 when I was snowed in for all 3 weeks – it was wonderful. Since then I have travelled back to Cradle many times working on this project.
The landscapes around Tasmania are sometimes too wondrous to constantly photograph; the eye starts to hurt, unable to know where to look next. It was at such an ‘aha’ moment that I began exploring individual elements in the landscape, removing them from their context which seemed to heighten their Presence.
For this exhibition I have been working on trees between this wonderful place and my home in Devonport. I am taken by the beautiful shapes of (mainly) Eucalypts, and how, while they often have similar growth habits, yet each one is individual in its Presence. My works focus on this individuality and over the years, travelling to and from Cradle, one or two individuals have become like friends. I see them from a distance on the road and feel quite attached.
One particular tree has since been chopped down. A part from a sadness at seeing the stump, it’s Absence highlights the tension in the greater landscape along the road from Devonport to Cradle and across Tasmania. The landscape is becoming denuded of trees; the Presence of individuals in the landscape shouts of the Absence of the forests they once stood in.
This Absence of Presence is felt along all roads that lead to Cradle, and there are many to choose from. But it is also possible to extrapolate this to all of Tasmania, Australia and beyond, I think.”
The Absence of Presence is showing is Gallery 2 from June 19 to Sunday November 8, 2020.
GINA is a Tasmanian Artist who enjoys working freely in a process-driven, research approach that involves deconstructing and reassembling work and ideas in an experimental way. She is drawn to the language of marks, accident and serendipity allowing her to adopt an expressive, exploratory approach, as a way to examine, reinterpret and reimagine.
Inspired by landscape, language and a need to establish a sense of place with a deep love of the Tasmanian landscape, she builds on her own history and mapping. Current works explore the nature of trees and the wider aspects of ‘being’ in relation to her Hungarian heritage with idle ideas of uprooting, fitting in and stability.
Largely self-taught and coming to full-time art the last 6 years after a life of employment, Gina has a passion for art, working every day out of her studio in East Devonport. Her method of working usually involves some form of initial research and investigation such as repeated visits to a location, or deep research into a subject. This is as much a part of the work as the end result.
Whilst starting points to her work may vary, she seeks a sense of mystery, an unsettling in her imagery and narratives, often not immediately tangible.
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