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Peter Cameron, Lake Mungo -

27 October to 21 November

Peter Cameron


"The painted work on exhibition reflects some of my engagement and learning about the area of Lake Mungo, NSW. I find it to be a wonderful, sublime and potent place. It is perhaps the highest of a series of lakes in the old Willandra river system that used to fill from the Great Dividing Range until about 18,500 years ago. Over tens of millennia and some studies show 120,000 years, those who live here successfully negotiate the effects of the highly challenging climates presented by several Ice Ages. That's a broad ranging society, a highly developed culture. The land and its peoples have been so generous to me and I give continuous thanks in this.

Land speaks on its own terms. Shifting sands cover and uncover, revealing and hiding essential truths according to natural rhythms. Thousands of generations of people lived a highly skilled, diverse network of relationships within the fluid elements of this land. Sometimes you hear stories blowing across sands.

In the sculptural piece 'The Land Remembers Everything' I'm questioning timelessness. The upright structures are not individuals, but might represent qualities, energetic life forces in the land. Perhaps they resemble rock core samples. For me all the various elements, be they vegetable, mineral and animal also have qualities of consciousness. As all passes, everything leaves its individual trace, its mark that is remembered in the land and its ongoing reformation. That's also a study in archaeology.

The work is informed by recent trips to Alice Springs and surrounding country. For me the cracking energy of the place is hard to come to terms with. Again, only through the kind generosity of aboriginal people could I come anywhere close to the land. For the nation of Australia to mature we must truly own our current colonial history and attitudes. Or we are all diminished in this land.

When regarding a physical image/object we want instinctively to feel the material surface to see how it's been constructed, fashioned and finished. These reflexive responses are primary and felt in the body. How the components of content and style are transferred to the material is also sensed. These actions could have been built up over time on a canvas in layers, like the formation and deformation of land on this earth. An image or object is composed, composite.

Art can be an experience of the realisation of elements in outer and/or inner worlds. It may be a discipline to train an awareness to those qualities, to cultivate and listen more deeply to known senses, memories or connections in the natural world. Perhaps also to listen for Time, to invite liminal senses and spaces".

Peter Cameron, 2016"The painted work on exhibition reflects some of my engagement and learning about the area of Lake Mungo, NSW. I find it to be a wonderful, sublime and potent place. It is perhaps the highest of a series of lakes in the old Willandra river system that used to fill from the Great Dividing Range until about 18,500 years ago. Over tens of millennia and some studies show 120,000 years, those who live here successfully negotiate the effects of the highly challenging climates presented by several Ice Ages. That's a broad ranging society, a highly developed culture. The land and its peoples have been so generous to me and I give continuous thanks in this.

Land speaks on its own terms. Shifting sands cover and uncover, revealing and hiding essential truths according to natural rhythms. Thousands of generations of people lived a highly skilled, diverse network of relationships within the fluid elements of this land. Sometimes you hear stories blowing across sands.

In the sculptural piece 'The Land Remembers Everything' I'm questioning timelessness. The upright structures are not individuals, but might represent qualities, energetic life forces in the land. Perhaps they resemble rock core samples. For me all the various elements, be they vegetable, mineral and animal also have qualities of consciousness. As all passes, everything leaves its individual trace, its mark that is remembered in the land and its ongoing reformation. That's also a study in archaeology.

The work is informed by recent trips to Alice Springs and surrounding country. For me the cracking energy of the place is hard to come to terms with. Again, only through the kind generosity of aboriginal people could I come anywhere close to the land. For the nation of Australia to mature we must truly own our current colonial history and attitudes. Or we are all diminished in this land.

When regarding a physical image/object we want instinctively to feel the material surface to see how it's been constructed, fashioned and finished. These reflexive responses are primary and felt in the body. How the components of content and style are transferred to the material is also sensed. These actions could have been built up over time on a canvas in layers, like the formation and deformation of land on this earth. An image or object is composed, composite.

Art can be an experience of the realisation of elements in outer and/or inner worlds. It may be a discipline to train an awareness to those qualities, to cultivate and listen more deeply to known senses, memories or connections in the natural world. Perhaps also to listen for Time, to invite liminal senses and spaces".


Peter Cameron, 2016

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