Jane Burton Taylor / Grove / July 22 – 26 2014
The olive groves of southern Italy are some of the oldest on earth. Some are so ancient – planted in the Dark Ages and nurtured by around 40 generations – they are actually listed by UNESCO as cultural treasures.
These groves, photographed in Puglia in the heel of the boot of Italy, are presented as triptychs, symbolic of the potential harmony on offer when humans works together with nature. Taylor took three years to photograph the groves, visiting them in each of the four season to witness their different stages: including their annual pruning and harvesting, the latter when nets are thrown on the ground and the trees are shaken to catch their ripe olives.
The eight works, presented in a linear collection that can be read as a whole, represent a man-made landscape; nature and human beings having both produced the spaces together. In a sense they are architectural spaces. They also have overtones of mythological and religious narratives.
There is a hint of the potential paradise on offer if we work with the natural world, and equally, with the potential loss of natural systems that nurture and support us, if we don’t.
Currently Burton Taylor is in her final semester of a Master of Art at COFA and is working in the mediums of photography, film and sculpture. She is interested in the relationship between society and time, in particular the changes to the natural and built environment effected by human kind. Jane Burton Taylor has had numerous photographic exhibitions including Earth, which was shown at Photo Access, Canberra, Queensland and the Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, in 2012. Her photographs are held in many private collections and also NSW state library and the National Library of Australia collections.
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