Monthly Archives: August 2023
Sarah Jane Moore and Linda Knight
Relation: Colonial Ecologies and Counter Mapping
11 – 15 April
Opening Night: Thursday 13 April, 6 – 8pm
Workshops delivered by Sarah Jane Moore: Daily, 10 – 11am Register here
Sarah Jane and Linda first met in 2016 and this exhibition interrogates the visual art tracings that transpire through sharing writing, thinking, mothering, gathering, walking, talking and feminising. ‘Relation: Colonial Ecologies and Counter Mapping’ inspires climate conversations, it maps counter narratives and it explores the possibilities of precious rivers, sacred urban spaces and safe, unnamed places.
Sarah Jane presents six works on canvas board. The visual art works are framed in Tasmanian oak and evoke lost worlds, ecologies of memory, and moments in time. The scarred tree remembers the bush fire, the Black Swan a time when rivers where black with kin, the River Gum stands tall, the lake deep. The Tasmanian Waratah distils a dance and provides the circle of family connection whilst the moon bird flies too close to the sun. Sarah Jane’s art explores the materiality of living in lutruwita Trowunna Tasmania where she created the works which are made with ground oyster shells, river clay, she-oak charcoal, tree sap, sand, mutton bird oils, gold leaf and acrylic paints.
Linda Knight’s works provide a voice for future generations. She is curious about how climate change enacts political, environmental, technological, and social shifts and how this affects urban lives and spaces. This project speculatively imagines future cities and the strange, chimeric, bio-speculative urban citizens that populate cities now and in the future. She explores how humans, insects, weather, animals, refuse, and bio matters are contemporary urban citizens that will morph into the dominant urban citizens of the future. Using concepts of posthumanism, new materialism and feminist theories of matter, Linda’s troubles the hierarchies and privileges that underpin urban design and the precarious, monstrous future cities that are emerging all around us.
Sarah Jane Moore
Sarah Jane Moore is an independent creative artist, author, musician and performer whose work maps, shares and stories river, mountain and ocean ecologies. Her creative output spans mixed media collage, painting, printmaking, song writing, poetry, performance and creative writing. With over 30 years of teaching and creative project experience in the Northern Territory, NSW, Queensland, Guam, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and lutruwita / Trowunna Tasmania, Sarah Jane enjoys presenting her practise in non- traditional venues such as laboratories, libraries and community centres. Whilst her PhD research focussed on song writing and visual arts methodologies as tools for healing, Sarah Jane’s most recent visual art work has been inspired by working with scientists. Her practise is place based, science informed and climate focussed.
Sarah Jane developed the work for Relation; Colonial Ecologies & Counter Mapping during the pandemic from her home-based studio in Taroona, lutruwita Trowunna Tasmania. Deeply influenced by the materiality of working in and with place, this collection uses charcoal, river clay, tree sap, ground oyster shells, sand and shells to map moments and distil time.
Michael Galeazzi and I were honoured to perform my ocean, river and mountain songs at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in August 2023. My creative work was selected to be profiled as part of Blue World’s Valerie Taylor Ocean Prize – Life Beneath the Waves. The evening provided a wonderful opportunity to connect, perform and bring my music to life. Gratitude and kudos to Blue World for shining a light on the importance of art meets science approaches to navigating climate change.