|Infrastructure Undone by Nature 3, Ink and gouache on mulberry paper laid on cotton canvas. 40 x 60 cm.|
WATER AND CULTURE : Visualising dissolution and control, exploring water as matter and medium
School of Art Main Gallery
105 Childers Street Acton
Opening 3 March 2016 6 pm
Exhibition Dates 4-10 March
Entry taken from the ANU website :
Therese Kenyon | Painting | Doctor of Philosophy
The idea of water – all-pervading and essential, fearsome yet controllable – has driven
my studio-based research. What are the meanings of water in the contemporary world?
How could I explore this motif using water as imagery, matter and medium referencing
the painting traditions of Asia and the West?
This research explores in visual form the idea that water is analogous to the flow of
cultures around the globe. The resulting paintings evolved from a sense of loss and
precariousness counterbalanced by an appreciation of the deep symbolism of water’s
necessity to life on earth. Focusing on Asian landscape painting traditions, crossfertilised
with Modernist Western abstraction, I elaborate on the cultural connectivity
between East and West through various artists’ work. In the integration of imagery and
process, my work reflects on water and fluidity as metaphors for cultural
connectedness and it is contextualised by tracing these confluences across history and
societies. In this sense, Water and Culture offers a new channel for speculative
thought on the subject of water and art.
Therese Kenyon is a Sydney based artist and curator. She completed her BAVA and
MFA at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. She has lectured in Drawing and Printmaking
at the University of Newcastle undergraduate program, the University of Sydney Art
Workshops, and the National Art School short courses program. She is a member of
the Ultimo Project artists collective. Her recent research has included artist in
residences in Beijing and field trips to museums in China, the USA and the
Netherlands, to document disastrous water events.