This exhibition continues my exploration of ideas about landscape, subjectivity, and memory. Where we are is a part of our identity as well as where we come from; our sense of self evolves through exchanges with people and surroundings. The title Feedback Loops references this constant interaction between us and the world, as well as how the drawings are built up, each layer affecting and being affected by previous and subsequent ones, and each drawing leading to the next.
The charcoal and pastel drawings are based on film footage of journeys around my home town of Dunedin. I build the works up through layers of addition and erasing, mirroring the way we perceive a place as we move through it, one viewpoint over writing the next but without being entirely forgotten. It also reflects the way we come to know places, and ourselves, with traces of the past influencing the present.
Other works in the show are syntheses of drawings made as I travel through a place, and memories of those journeys – the loops of memory, imagination and feelings overlap and interact. The journey through the landscape serves as a metaphor for our life journeys – this time after art school for me is one of multiple possible paths.