Kate Robertson / Dust Landscapes / April 04 – 21 2012

These photographs record dust collected from ConFest; a festival held by an alternative healing and spiritual community in the arid landscape of southwest New South Wales. Throughout the festival, as participants move around the site, the dry land is unsettled and clouds of dust are created that linger listlessly above the ground. The wind stirs the dust particles across the ConFest site, clinging onto festival goers as they immerse themselves in community rituals and spontaneous happenings.

Extracted dust particles from the site are brought back into the studio and photographed through various processes to create unfamiliar topographical maps. The dust particles thus become artifacts of the ‘celestial experience’ of ConFest, mapping the disorientating, surrendering, transformative and energising qualities of the festival.

This work is part on an ongoing exploration into the influences of healing, spirituality and related phenomena in communities within natural environments.

Kate Robertson’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries both locally and internationally including Sentinel Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Te Tuhi Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and Melbourne galleries Kings ARI, TCB Art Inc, Blindside, C3 Contemporary Art Space and VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Her last solo exhibition was held at Techno Park Studios in late 2011.

She is co-founder and co-editor of Excerpt Magazine (Issue 1, November 2011) and a finalist in the 2012 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.

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