© 2019 Rebecca Dagnall

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Absence and Presence—states of being in the Australian landscape

There is certain darkness in the Australian imaginary of the landscape that is tangled in a history that holds both a presence and an absence, a knowledge and yet a denial of past colonial deeds. It is as though this history haunts the landscape, like a ‘ghost’ with unfinished business.

 

The current work is an exploration of how the Australian Gothic haunts our response to the Australian landscape. The images speak of a cultured landscape that focuses on an understanding of the things we cannot see.