Close to Home is a new exhibition showcasing the work of contemporary artists residing in the Blue Mountains region including Paul Mosig and Rachel Peachey of Racket, Ben Denham, Adrienne Doig, and Joan Ross. Through a variety of media including film, embroidery, photography and digital animation they investigate the colonisation of the landscape and the relationship between the past and the present.
The Blue Mountains have a long history as a site of artistic investigation and inspiration. Artists from all disciplines find solitude, connection and creative insight in the varied landscapes of the mountains region. Ben Denham’s film features the dramatic backdrop of Blue Mountains cliffs and plateaus; while Adrienne Doig’s embroidered tableaus unfold in the backyard of her Katoomba home. Paul Mosig and Rachel Peachey create imagined landscapes from expeditions beyond Katoomba; and through her digital animation Joan Ross sheds light on Australian colonisation and questions the concept of being ‘civilised’.
Curator Rilka Oakley says “A common theme running through the works in Close to Home is that of connection, or lack of connection, to the Australian landscape. Our unique environment shapes us and for the artists in this exhibition it inspires creativity, encourages reflection, and nurtures and sustains them”.
The exhibition is on at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery from now until 7 April 2013.