Annette Davis, Sue Dennis, Yvonne Dorricott, Carol Farmer, Lianne Jay, Margaret Sanders
TRACK presented the work of six artists from southern Western Australia who have been inspired by the experience of walking sections of the Bibbulmun Track. One of the world’s great long distance walks, the Bibbulmun Track traverses 1000 km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany on the southcoast. Walking as a group and individually, the artists’ experiences of the different environments along the Track resulted in fascinating and intriguing artworks.
When I’m walking, I’m conscious of being a fleeting presence in an ancient landscape. For this exhibition I chose to use items that I use when walking, such as a backpack, boots, cap and water bottle, as the subject matter and material for my artworks.
By using these 'artefacts' of my walking as the basis for my artmaking I recognised these items as holders of the experience.
The resulting artworks brought the physicality of my experience, along with the images, sensations and rhythms of the Bibbulmun Track into the exhibition.
Above left: view of my section within the exhibition, showing Conversations with trees 1, charcoal frottage of tree.
Above right: Landscape of Memory, upcycled walking clothes, thread, 32 x 42.5 cm; These boots were made for walking and Walking in the forests, topographical maps, watercolour, thread.
Centre image: exhibition view showing textile works made from walking clothes, map collages and cyanotypes of 'holders of the experience'.
Left (and above): Holder of the Experience 1, worn day-pack, embroidery thread.