CHAIN OF PONDS
9 - 26 Oct 2019
Opening Night | Thursday 10 Oct, 6pm–8pm
Jude Roberts + Helen Hardess
Chain of Ponds is part of an ongoing project stemming from field trips to Western Queensland in 2017 and 2018. Drawing on Jude Roberts’ long-term connections to local communities, the artists’ immersion in the Maranoa and Warrego catchments reveal shared interests in contemporary discourses on land and water access and usage. Jude’s interest comes from over twenty years on a pastoral property in the region. Helen Hardess’ metropolitan perspective is as an “outsider”, coming to an understanding of the histories and workings of agricultural practices in Australia. In July 2018 the artists returned to the Maranoa River, at the confluence of three water sources and a spiritual place for Gunggari peoples. Coinciding with NAIDOC 2018, the artists spent time with Gunggari Elders to gain knowledge from the traditional custodians. Time was spent recalling histories, and considering shared futures for bioregions and eco-systems in a changing climate and a time of contesting social issues. Chain of Ponds is a multi-media installation comprising works on paper, found objects, natural sediments and industrial materials, video, digital prints, and cast and constructed objects.
Jude Roberts completed a Doctorate of Visual Art in 2015 to focus on the changing landscapes of inland Australia and the history and connections to the water and land systems. Her works on paper and mixed media reveal something of the hidden interrelationships of the watersheds that we cannot visibly experience such as the artesian basins and springs.
Jude has taught across the mediums of drawing and print media in Brisbane and regional areas. She is passionate about sharing skills and creating work in different communities to contribute to the understanding and awareness of the subterranean and interconnecting water systems.
Through her practice Helen Hardess investigates human activity and natural processes impacting on each other in shared environments. Creating spatial relationships between images and objects, she constructs physical / cultural geoscapes pointing to multiple histories, both natural and human. Value is placed on immersive experiences as part of an embodied process ranging between site, studio and gallery. Collaborative projects are seen as a way of enlarging and joining contemporary discourses on issues related to the environment, a changing climate, and humankind’s place within a larger natural world.
IMAGES | Jude Roberts + Helen Hardes, Stygofauna Nets, 2017, rice paper, glass, wax, wire, water, dye, LED lights, dimensions various, House Conspiracy. Helen Hardess, Tourist | Helen Hardess, Terrain, 2017, rice paper, gesso, hydrated lime, ink, LED lights, 30 x 180 x 150 cm, House Conspiracy. | Helen Hardess, I, tourist, 2017, hydrated lime, pigments, found objects, wire, plaster, 3 x 150 x 250 cm, Photography Michelle Vine. | Jude Roberts, Ways of listening, 2018, ochre, ink, pencil, binder on kozo paper, 100 x 115cm | Jude Roberts, Subterranean boundaries, 2015, mixed media with shot perforations on kozo paper, 182 x 2 x 65cm, Photography Darcy Foott | Courtesy the artists.