2018 Finalists

Rowan CONROY

Artist statement: Since 2005, my work has focused on the use of photographic technologies to address the beauty and discord, and the detailed richness and absence within landscape in Australia, the Middle East, Greece and China. ‘Kiln #1’ depicts an asbestos-lined brick kiln and is part of a decade-long series, The poetics of detritus, which explores abandoned or overlooked sites in the built environment. These sites endure within the environment as witness to past human desires and motivations. The past echoes the present through visual traces and artefacts. The disinterested eye of the camera renders these details, whether beautiful or unsightly, within the same frame. The earth is an expansive palimpsest, with many overlaid histories and mythologies written across its surface. Many of the places pictured in this series no longer exist.

www.rowanconroy.com

Kiln #1  2018
from the series The poetics of detritus
pigment ink-jet print
108.0 x 136.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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