The lines are drawn

McBurnie, Ronald (2006) The lines are drawn. [Artefact]

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Abstract

An assembly of old mango trees near the Ross River became the subject of this etching. As I worked on the copper plate the idea of the walking path along the river changed into a directional device leading the viewer into the image. The male figure seen walking from this world into another has a large figure from Willam Blake's watercolour, The Red Dragon, tattooed on his back.

Research Statement

Research Background The development of artists’ interpretation of romanticism through landscape in painting and printmaking has played an important role in our understanding and interpretation of nature and our sense of the sublime. This research continues to add to this rich tradition through the artist’s direct response to chosen landscape sites in a direct en plein air approach to gathering information in combination with visual references to other historical landscape images.
Research Contribution This etching addresses the question of an interpretation and representation of landscape through the stimulus of direct and concentrated observation of nature in combination with visual art historical records as tropes for a secondary source of memory. In doing so it arrives at a visual narrative which both speaks about the particular landscape site as well as to link it to aspects of chosen important moments in the tradition of the romantic landscape. This combination of ideas adds to this rich tradition of romanticism through landscape.
Research Significance The resulting national touring exhibition from the artists studio research provided the art-going public with a unique insight into the often private creative process of the artist. The show included a variety of etchings from different periods of the artists career. A large published catalogue including images of each etching and essays by Roger Butler, Professor Sasha Grishin and Robin Wallace Crabbe.
Item ID: 19739
Item Type: Artefact
Keywords: printmaking; etching; Ron McBurnie
Additional Information:

This work featured in the exhibition "Metal as anything" at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville) from the 26 June - 16 August 2009. For links to this please see the Related URLs field. This work featured in the exhibition "Romantic etchings" at the grahame galleries, Milton, QLD from the 16 September - 14 October 2006. For links to this please see the Related URLs field.

Media of Output: Hard ground etching, 59.5 x 66.5 cm.
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ISBN: 978-0-9578987-7-6
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 06:12
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190501 Crafts @ 0%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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