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The conversation between friends flourishes as they walk the dogs. The pair allow their imaginations to roll on through the public park. Their dawdling establishes a meaningful rhythm beneath the trees, along historical paths, over the pond and in the Conservatory.
These photographs centre round the Conservatory, which looks weathered and comfortably ordinary. The deterioration seems to add authority and freedom to the space. The artists find stimulation in the natural layers of damp mold creeping unnoticed over the glass as well as in the fountain that is pitted and green due to its continual contact with moisture. An over manicured garden under glass would probably find the friends hurrying through to outside areas where seed pods and pine needles are allowed to lie shamelessly where they fall. But on this hot day, within the steamy interir, the moment stimulates the friends to think about the alarming efects of Global Warming.
While teaching at Kyung Hee University in South Korea I made several works for an exhibition that was held at Seoul National University.
The focus of my work was to reflect some of the aesthetic uniqueness evident in the landscape as well as acknowledge the sadness associated with loss that accompanies change. At the same time my own sense of alienation heightened my visual awareness in an unfamiliar environment.
I noticed the man-made structures that overlap to create the fabric we call culture. In other words, cultural landscapes show the marks of our obsessive activity revealing a way of life, habits and attitudes.
I enjoyed discovering the depth of Korean traditional arts and the sacred significance of the mountains and forests. For some there is still the confidence to call a celadon glaze beautiful or to talk about the past and ritual use and for others the rush towards modernisation has offered jobs and prosperity changing the landscape forever.
I was touched by the little town of Cheoram, now almost deserted as many obsolete workers moved away when the coal mine closed.
Below is an installation that acknowledges the hard work of the miners as well as their wives who cultivated the hills and prepared the food.
Is Land is a small installation made in Tasmania where many go to experience the landscape. Tourists walk along duckboard paths that contribute to the layers of texture.