In this exhibition, Julie Poulsen and Jennifer Valmadre present the less known and less celebrated landscape of the far north. Instead of the ‘touristic’ ideal of reef and rainforest, Glimpse traces a broader concept of place that encompasses the inland savannah landscape from Mount Molloy to Cooktown.
In this new body of work Poulsen and Valmadre set out to explore how place can influence artists in different ways. Poulsen pursues her passion for the dry expansive Savannah landscapes; an urge developed from years of travelling between Cairns and Cooktown. Poulsen’s expansive landscape paintings rejoice in the borderless stretches of this seemingly dishevelled environment. Poulsen’s play within the restricted and subtle tones of the savannah lands result in a poignant, robust sense of the place. In contrast, Valmadre works with encaustic materials to capture small flashes of the landscape as we view it from our car windows.
Accompanying Glimpse is a short film by Catherine Hunter that will bring a deeper understanding of the artistic processes as it follows both artists from conception to completion.
Selected installation images
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