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Coastal Fissures

Coastal Fissures by Audrey Durbridge brings together a body of work that explores the shoreline of Southern Tasmania’s Barrett’s Bay.

The focus is on the narrow and eroded embankment and its gradual shift in appearance and formation as it yields to the incessant tides and increased water wash. Driftwood is washed ashore and tree roots are increasingly exposed as the bank crumbles and retreats.

“I have looked closely at these textures and responded with work that seeks to reveal the nature of both its hardiness and resilience along with fragility and vulnerability.”
– Audrey Durbridge

Through mixed media works on paper the artist examines the elemental contest between water and land made apparent by constant erosion and the resultant shapes and forms. The artist has sought to portray the tension between these elements in the work by creating panels that have each been the result of environmental collaboration. Onto 640 gsm paper, the artist has used sand and sea water from the beach mixed into the materials. Then, by allowing the work to be altered by drying outside in the wind at the bay, the artist has created work that is deeply authentic and of its place.

EXHIBITION DATES:
Wednesday 19 – Wednesday 26 April 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm daily

OFFICIAL OPENING:
Wednesday 19 April 2017 @ 6:00pm
Exhibition to be opened by Dr Jan Hogan, Lecturer in Fine Arts, UTAS

Image Credits:
Audrey Durbridge. Fissure 1 (detail) and Rock Wash (detail). 
Photographed by Marcel van Ommen.

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