March 18 - April 3
Gallery 2 - Cooloola by Christine James
Canberra based artist Christine James reflects on the Cooloola landscape. Her work alludes to its multiple meanings and histories. She knows it as the country of the Dulingbarra people. Her response to the country is woven through with her knowledge of their physical absence and their spiritual presence. Jame's choice of medium is part of the response to this place. The watercolour on the subtle texture of the paper moves like water - sometimes sharp and clear, sometimes dark, sometimes a stain. She also uses organic 'wallum' stains derived from indigenous plant material.
Looking at a landscape, the viewer stands, captured by the linear spread of the landscape - the line of the lake, the silhouette of trees on the skyline, the way the bands of sky, water, scrub, sand weave their pattern. In this Cooloola artwork, Lake Poona, 2004 and Lake Como, 2004 are broken into pages of memory which float across the wall, their edges framed by trees and reeds.
Now the viewer's eye is taken by a single leaf, floating on the surface of the water, or a maginified study of a moth. These are the details that form the patterned landscape. They are also part of the recognition of the particularity of this place, the tracing of the shape of its inhabitants - kauri pine moth, banksia and hakea plants
Christine James was an artist in residence at Noosa Regional Gallery in 1997 and her love for the environment of Cooloola has grown steadily ever since.
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