For a while I have been thinking about showcasing today’s artist and I have decided it is now time. Her name is Marian Drew and she is an Australian Artist who uses photography as her medium. I was very privileged in 2008 to have an exhibition in the same gallery as her. It was really amazing and she was a lovely person. I am sure you are going to love her work.
This is the exhibition information that went with the work.
Illuminated Landscapes is an exhibition of photographs that graph the light trajectories of human scale and duration in the landscape.
Drawing and photography, meet in the open air, a sketch of the hand with the process of camera obscura, working in concert to explore landscape as an exchange between culturally constructed ideas and the apparatus of perception .
Using two identical medium format film cameras I photograph a landscape by moving the cameras on an axis following the horizon or visual conduit of the landscape.
This super slow motion pan, films the action or event over several still frames and allows enough time for the photographer to abandon the camera, enter the landscape and immerse oneself, often literally, in the landscape during exposure. When one is in the landscape acting in this way one cannot see the landscape as a panorama in the distance. The image is formed as part of an exchange that occurs within the landscape and within the camera.
To make these photographs the body acts like a thread that sews drawing/ to landscape /to film. The film is then scanned and images joined using digital processes and printed onto large sheets of archival paper. Although the length of the final prints is determined during post-production, the form is shaped by duration of exposure and interaction.
In making this work, I start to learn about the landscape through the use of my own body.
I think she is known for other work however.
Most people who know Marian’s work think of images like the one above. They are soft and sensitive. They are reminiscent of still life paintings from times gone. You are looking at birds and animals that are dead, like they were in the paintings. There is a video on how they were created and I will include a link to it.
Here is a description of the work from the gallery that represents her.
Marian Drew’s photographic work explores native fauna and its preservation. Known for her contemporary Australian interpretations of 16th century still lives, Marian Drew’s photographs are a classical homage to native wildlife. Concerned with the value of deceased creatures, her subjects are the result of road kill, poisoned waters, and destruction of habitual animal and bird pathways replaced by human interventions. Her work presents wildlife that is dislocated from the idealized view of animals in their natural environs. The long lens of the wildlife photographer is replaced by the close up lens, painted light and the tabletop.
The historical framework of the European still life, the familiar rituals of table preparation, combined with road-kill reveals a new relationship between our own urbanity and the cohabitating animal species. These animals are clearly sacrificed within the context of our everyday lives. Marian Drew hopes to draw attention to the value and beauty of these animals and acknowledge the relationship these animals have with ourselves and the environment in which we share.
Here the video link on how she creates the work.
I would like to thank Marian for giving me permission to showcase her work here for you. You can see more of her work on her website, Marian Drew. You can also see more at the page for the gallery Dianne Tanzer Gallery. I also have a gallery with more images, I hope you enjoy looking at her work.