Displacement is the theme of both the subject and process
of Jacqueline Aust's new series.
Underpinned by a visit to Japan that coincided with a typhoon.
Everywhere we went we were struck by how the Japanese people
responded to such devastation.
|Jacqueline Aust, Agitation V, 2020
Monotype and intaglio, chine colle, 50x81cm, 1/1
Millions of people are displaced from their homes every decade because of war,
natural disasters and the effects of climate change.
Whether or not we are immediately affected
we are reminded every day of the impact this has on our lives.
The works exhibited in 'Displaced' continue my exploration of the relationship
between autographic mark making and a response to place.
Traditionally the process of printmaking involves a matrix, or plate,
from which a number of works are printed.
These works are essentially the same and are called an edition.
My practice is to create series of works using the same plate/s
so that each work is unique yet has a clear visual connection
to each other work in the series.
The printmaking process allows the placement
and replacement of components that leave visual traces to tell the story.
I make material decisions based on the subject of displacement
so the aesthetics of the final work relates to the theme.
The exhibition is on at Solander Gallery, in Wellington,
from 18 March to 18 April.
For more information, see www.solandergallery.co.nz