Open: 27 January – 7 February 2021
Meet the Artist: Saturday 30th January, 10am – 5pm
Saint Cloche is proud and delighted to reveal ‘Ancient River, River Red’, following on from Emily’s previous solo show, ‘Take Me There’ in 2020.
‘Ancient River, River Red’ is a story that moves through resilient and dramatic landscapes held within the interior of our Country. ‘Ancient River(s)’ carve their way through the landscape and along these waterways majestically twisted ‘River Red’ gumtrees stand as symbols of wisdom and strength.
Emily shares the genesis of the body of work:
“I developed ‘Ancient River, River Red’ during spring, 2020, in Tyweltherreme (Ruby Gap), Tjoritja (West McDonnell Ranges), Wurre (Rainbow Valley) and Finke Gorge National Park. Dry creek beds guarded by River Reds, and accompanied by rolling orange sand dunes, pink clay pans, colourful, boisterous birds, sunbaked reptiles, humble Desert Oaks, and opportunistic wildflowers, all led me to oasis camps. I worked on days that were too hot to think, contrasted by days of cold winds and constant rain. Painting ‘en plein air’ was guided by the flux of this time-honoured place. I learnt to listen to the land, adopt the patience, humility and adaptability required to yield to nature’s course.”
Emily was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2019 for her work ‘Alive in the Dead of Night’. Most recently, she received a Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, 2020. Emily’s works have been acquired by the Macquarie Group, Ballina Shire Council, and is represented by Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney.
We acknowledge the long-standing connection First Nations Australians have with the country. With great respect I thank the traditional custodians for permitting me to learn, work and document the landscapes in Central Australia. With particular thanks to the Arrernte, Western, Southern and Eastern Arrernte People, the Luritja People, the Pitantjatjara People, and The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service.
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