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Samantha Laird | Going, Going, Gone…

Location Convent Gallery
From Saturday 05 June 2021 -  10:00am
To Sunday 25 July 2021 - 04:00pm
 

Samantha Laird’s practice explores how the Australian landscape is connected to identity and belonging. The primary aim of her work is to provide an opportunity to consider the characteristics of the environment. She uses latex to create reliefs to reveal the physical and subtle qualities of a place. This investigation highlights that place is more than just a location, it is a social connection created by human experiences and memories.

Samantha Laird’s practice explores how the Australian landscape is connected to identity and belonging. The primary aim of her work is to provide an opportunity to consider the characteristics of the environment. She uses latex to create reliefs to reveal the physical and subtle qualities of a place. This investigation highlights that place is more than just a location, it is a social connection created by human experiences and memories.

Laird started planning this body of work after the devastating 2019/20 Australian bushfire season. The Black Summer blazes left communities shattered and generated “another” conversation about the impact of climate change. A news article broadcasting how the volunteer group Blazeaid were helping farmers rebuild fences captured her interest. Rebuilding these fences provided somewhere to contain the remaining livestock while people planned their next move. The loss of human life, properties, animals and natural habitats during this time was overwhelming and difficult to comprehend. This had the artist questioning the condition of the environment in which she lives.

The materials used speak about overcoming adversity and the strength of community on an individual and collective level. This project provided a connection between the physical and emotional aspects of the landscape.

 

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