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Flight connects each place...

 

While hermetically sealed inside a plane, strapped into a seat, gestures are confined to the small and restricted and in such a place where all is controlled. The hand draws assisted by the movement of the plane and creates unexpected and uncontrolled repeated patterns.  These postcards then become the autograph of travel bereft of origin or destination.

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The romantic, moody land/cityscapes are the result of some climatic threat, a cyclone, a dust storm, smoke from clearing forests, factory pollution or something else, something somewhat sinister that lurks in the strangely coloured, grey skies. All these atmospheric concoctions are blamed on somewhere else – to the south, from the north, the east, the west with the here and now being blameless, the victim. In contrast to this is the perfect day at home that is still clean, postcard pretty and untouched…

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One day in Sydney I jumped into my car to drive to a store to buy some particular light bulbs only to realize the store I envisaged was in Singapore!

 

Coincidently most of the personal products I buy are also from somewhere else.  Their location of purchase is foreign to the place of origin, so the connection with place is incidental and their status becomes temporary and ephemeral.

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Imaginings of Place – A Visual Autobiography of Travel, grew out of self-reflection on how to represent recent experience of regular national and international travel, and the observations and issues that emerged. Therefore, what is constructed is a version of a self-portrait with visual threads that connect and interconnect to create the fabric of a personal tale about a sense of place, practices of consumption and the experience of travelling.

"A visual tale told through this series of drawings contains selected, remembered memories and gentle, personal observations.  Locations are a true itinerary of places lived or visited in the last twelve months: Singapore, Sydney, Penang, Beijing, Hong Kong and Far North Queensland. Representations of place however are not quite true, absolutely not a lie but somewhere in-between, like a recollection filtered through emotion, and my emotions seem to be telling me that environmentally there is need for concern."

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Dr. Rees discusses the creation of the Imaginings of Place series

...to drive to a store to buy some particular light bulbs only to realize the store I envisaged was in Singapore! Coincidently most of the personal products I buy are also from somewhere else.  Their location of purchase is foreign to the place of origin so the connection with place is incidental and their status becomes temporary and ephemeral.

One day in Sydney I jumped into my car...

A cyclone, a dust storm, smoke from clearing forests, factory pollution or something else, something somewhat sinister that lurks in the strangely coloured, grey skies. All these atmospheric concoctions are blamed on somewhere else – to the south, from the north, the east, the west, with the here and now being blameless, the victim. In contrast to this is the perfect day at home that is still clean, postcard pretty and untouched…

The romantic, moody land/cityscapes are the result of some climatic threat...

Sealed hermetically inside a plane and strapped into a seat, gestures are small and restricted, the hand draws assisted by the movement of the plane and creates unexpected and uncontrolled repeated patterns.  These postcards become the autograph of travel bereft of origin or destination.

Flight connects each place...

Imaginings of Place – A Visual Autobiography of Travel, grew out of self-reflection on how to represent recent experience of regular national and international travel, and the observations and issues that emerged. What is constructed is a version of a self-portrait with visual threads to connect and interconnect creating the fabric of a personal tale about a sense of place, practices of consumption and the experience of travelling.

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