Sensing Place celebrates a connection to Country and the diverse landscapes of the Shoalhaven. Through complementary visual and literary explorations, the works acknowledge the distinct experiences individuals take from a ‘place’.
Over the course of a year, 12 sets of unique works are created from seasonal expeditions to regional sites by Poet Nicole Smede and Painter Bonnie Porter Greene. Through creative meditation and reflection, the artists connect to ‘place’, forming artistic responses to each site, revealing the essence of landscape. Through this creative lens, the viewer is invited into vast and deep experiences, linking cultural stories through the window of the 20cm x 20cm format.
Each month, over a year, the artists travel together to a different location in the Shoalhaven region. Spending time connecting to ‘place’, they individually respond to the site through painting and poetry. The works are completed in isolation, to ensure the individual integrity of each response. Soundscapes are recorded in situ to form an ongoing immersive reference and experience.
The completed project will be executed as a printed publication and multi-artform exhibition in May 2021.
We are generously supported by a Shoalhaven Arts Board 2019 ‘Sense of Place’ Grant. We wish to thank the Board, as we could not have seen this project through to fruition without their generosity.