Opening from 6- 8pm on 22nd September, 2016, Worn Land explores the disorienting intersection of desire and displacement that can accompany our experience of place.
Exhibiting at The Goods Shed from 23 September – 16 November, 2016, Worn Land features works by Yuko Fujita (VIC), Nicky Hepburn (VIC), Pennie Jagiello (VIC), Natalia Milosz-Piekarska (VIC) created in response to their residencies in the Pilbara, and the results engage with an ungraspable and resistant landscape through explorations of materiality and scale.
Since early colonisation, Australian landscapes have frequently been conceived of as actively resistant to Western knowledge and the non-Indigenous body, a trope that persists even in contemporary explorations into remote and regional Western Australia.
Throughout their residencies in the Pilbara, Fujita, Hepburn, Jagiello, and Milosz-Piekarska ventured into some of the most isolated parts of northern Western Australia. Working both with and in response to materials found within these places, the resident jewellers are developing immersive works that explore the relationship between the body and these remote environments.
The exhibition will tour to Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery in February 2017, with a national tour to follow.
“The Pilbara is a land I never see, there is nothing as beautiful as this, or at least not in the same way. It is raw and extreme. This is evident in the colours – they are extreme, and yet muted.”
– Nicky Hepburn, exhibiting artist