Regeneration I and II

Gough, Julie (2005) Regeneration I and II. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

[Extract] The lasting impression I carried with me after visiting Chewton was the crushed quartz fragments erupting through the much mined, altered surface. Local quartz provides the medium and location of the outdoor component of Regeneration placed so that the elements would eventually regain their hold on the form created. Quartz is a magical, potent material existing before and outliving human time. This aspect of timelessness was central to my appreciation of the material and recognition of what form to configure the quartz. Nature to nature, place to place, within me I carry some knowledge, some blood, some cultural memory of my ancestors. One ancestor, Woretermoeteyenner, was a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman who traveled widely during her life, meeting and working with people of many cultures through the first half of the 1800s. Woretemoeteyenner's name means eucalyptus leaf and I feel strongly connected to her in the presence of these majesterial beings.

A representation of a Tasmanian eucalypt leaf is one object, left signaling my visit, that I feel able to leave behind outside here as an ephemeral marker from deep within. In planning a circular journey between the indoor gallery and the outside installation site I developed the indoor work as a point of departure and return. A trail of six bronze leaves tracking up a eucalypt trunk provide a different means of memorial than the more unstructured external quartz leaf that changes with every rain. The golden bronze refers to the alluvial goldfields of Chewton and also the alchemical magic of molten metal. Each cast leaf traces a generation from Woretermoeteyenner to me, the same leaf, our regeneration.

Item ID: 5093
Show/Exhibition: Ware & Tear
Hillgrove, Chewton, VIC, Australia
3 April - 8 May 2005
Media of Output: Local alluvial quartz
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 05:54
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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