A photographer with a fast growing reputation, Ed Norton’s images evoke a strong sense of place – identifying oneself in relation to a particular piece of land on the surface of planet Earth. As Wendell Berry famously said, ‘If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are’.
The Reenchantment of the the Tree concentrates on images of trees found predominantly in the arid zone of far western NSW. Louise Fowler Smith layers or glazes light onto specially chosen trees, that may otherwise have been disregarded and ignored; concentrating on its individual qualities or personality. This process draws out the tree, making it special, individualistic, even sacred.
Between stillness and movement, absorption and play; between being utterly ’in the moment’ and on the brink of imminent, inescapable change, Dryden Goodwin’s film ‘Poised’ provides multiple meanings.
Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, Paris-trained artist, created the Converging Territories series as a means of examining the culture in which she grew up from the Western position she now occupies. “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”
Rob Kesseler’s work bridges art and science. As well as working with ceramics he also works with photography and digital images. One theme linking his wide-ranging body of work is his overwhelming fascination with plant material and the natural world, particularly microscopic plant and cell structures.
Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analog and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture.
Mercury is placed at the vertex of a speaker cone, producing photograms that resonate between order and chaos .
A ‘visual’ article from artist and storyteller, Jessica Hines, in which she uses the camera’s inherent quality as a recording device to explore illusion and to suggest truths that underlie the visible world. At the core of her work lies an inquisitive nature inspired by personal memory, experience and the unconscious mind.
Clouds are often given a ‘bad press’ but, as the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society discusses, looking at clouds puts you in a frame of mind that involves embracing the fortuitous formations, the stimulation of the imagination and the creation of ideas.