Jane Brown / Australian Gothic / April 25 – May 12 2012
“The antipodes was seen as a world of reversals, the dark subconscious of Britain. It was for all intents and purposes Gothic par excellence.” –Turcotte, Gary, “Australian Gothic”, in Mulvey Roberts, M (ed.), The Handbook to Gothic Literature, Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1998.
Comprising photographs taken in rural New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania, this exhibition takes its cue from the gothic imaginings of colonial Australia. We see images of a convict past, the bush Christmas, unforgiving landscapes and melancholic hotels. It carries echoes of the cinema of Wake in Fright (1971) and the Cars that Ate Paris (1974).
Rendering visible the themes of the melancholic and the uncanny, Australian Gothic manifests itself in rural isolation – where the homely becomes unhomely (or unheimlich) and where nature is out of kilter.
Jane Brown’s recent exhibitions include Afterlife at the Ballarat Foto Biennale 2011, and Monumental Effect at Death Be Kind Gallery, East Brunswick. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and are included in private collections in Australia and New Zealand.
Last year Jane was profiled in the Weekend Australian newspaper:
“I find it interesting how monochrome is used to differentiate the living and the dead, the past and the present. It has an ability to transcend the constraints of time, memory and death. I examine this a lot in my work – landscapes seem to have vestiges or traces of past life and memorials become otherworldly.” – interview in the Weekend Australian Review, August 6–7, 2011.
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