Looking at Place is a solo exhibition by
Salamanca Arts Centre Resident Artist
an emerging artist,
painting in the mapping genre.
Hilary Clared lives in Hobart and exhibits in Tasmania. She is a recent graduate of UTAS Hunter Street Art School. These new works present iconic Tasmanian land formations, and analyse the impact of place on experience.
Hilary Clared is a keen bushwalker. This exhibition includes works responding to kunanyi / Mount Wellington, in respect and celebration of the precious Hobart landscape that is threatened by development.
Hilary is mindful of cultural difference in mapping techniques. She draws on different kinds of maps from western-mapping to test the rational description of place. Typically, in her paintings, descriptive line dissolves into strong landscape colours. The naming and cultural history of a place visibly influences her work.
“My approach is simple, a bit ironic, even abstracted. Maps fascinate me but their limits annoy me when I’m bushwalking. To know a place is to touch the ground, trip over the plants and startle the creatures. We can obsessively photograph a place, but it does not exist in a digital moment, it lives in an eternal biosphere, which defines us too. Through my work, I seek potential for human connection with the landscape that transcends temporal and cultural factors. If you enjoy these paintings and recognise the places, then I am on track.”
– Hilary Clared
Wednesday 3 – Tuesday 30 October 2018
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm / Saturday CLOSED / Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday 3 October 2018 @ 5:30pm
At the Opening, Australian Poet, Anne Kellas, will read new poems responding to the exhibition paintings.
Meditation of kunanyi / The Mountain
Sunday 7 October 2018, 10:30am – 11:15am
Kris Schaffer, Aboriginal woman of The Mountain will offer a welcome to country to open a time of silent celebration of kunanyi / Mount Wellington.
All are very welcome to join and contribute in quiet presence or contemplated word.
Hilary Clared. poyananu / Freycinet: contour lines with sealife on pink granite (2017). Oil on Linen. 91cm x 122 cm.