Rose Steel, Connected to Landscape [×]
I am intrigued by the natural landscapes as a situation where creativity and escape can transpire. Connected to Landscape is a research project that explores the qualities of the landscape concerning interior design and the dynamic between exterior and interior conditions.
The research considers interiors as a frame, can deeper connections to Landscape, community and creativity occur. The artist residency is in response to the growing need for artist spaces within regional and coastal towns. Situated within Painkalac Dam and surrounding heathland, on the edge of Aireys Inlet; a coastal town 120km south of Melbourne, this research proposes to expand upon the relationship between the community and the arts within Aireys Inlet. Aireys Inlet is a growing community, and there is a need for creative spaces to practice and exhibit.
The project considers the relationship between artist and subject and the need for the artist to be closer to their subject. Interiors are formed, orientated, and situated in relationship to the Landscape and its conditions to create a stronger connection. The role of the Landscape shifts from being a backdrop, through material arrangement and framing, which allows for practising and exhibiting to have a cohesive relationship with the environment. These act as scenic arrangements whilst supporting programmatic concerns of the residency.
Through techniques of framing, collaging, assemblage, photography and mapping, the qualities of the Landscape such as land, trees, water and sky are revealed, foregrounded and intensified. Framing is a way of bringing together through arrangement and shifting vicinities to develop connections with the Landscape and its conditions. Through the organization of materials, ephemera and program, the artist residency performs a way for sensations with the Landscape to be experienced in an intensified manner.
I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and pay respect to the Indigenous people of the Wathaurong Tribe where my project is sited and the people of the Wurundjeri Tribe where I am working from and to their Elders past, present and emerging.