Energy Connections: SALA at SANTOS Centre, SA

'Energy Connections', SALA at SANTOS Centre, SA 2012

The common connection throughout these works is the energy that lies within the land and what it provides. 

Margaret’s art practice is founded on an interest in geography. The works reflect her experiences of land, climate, energy and culture as they coalesce in different locations she has come to know. They are derived from working with the people who make the land their life. Equally, their lives mark the land.

SpaceScape presents a view of energy and space. Fragments of a story including aspirations, failures and achievements, whirl around like dusts and become the material of evolution. Everything in the work is made from dust particles: the panels, the mineral powders, desert sand and paper.

Paddock Convention follows the foot print of a style of agriculture that ploughs and sows in alternating strips with fallow land. It is layered over a pattern representing the variation in soils composition. The contrast tells a story of interaction.

Ancient Accumulations Under Pressure is a reference to the billion years old deposits subdivided for mining and the pressure it puts on ancient cultures. Strips of archival paper are held together by pressure to build the forms. The red sand is rich in iron.

Bottle Bush is a reference to life in the APY Lands [Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkinytjatjara Lands] where random trees are adorned with bottles and cans. The work presents an image that simultaneously elicits the humour, despair, hope and promise of the Lands.

Energy Connections: SALA at SANTOS Centre, SA
Accumulations Under Pressure
150cm (H) x 330cm (W) x 97cm (D)
Rag paper, red sand, red wood, light boxes
SANTOS installation: 'Bottle Bush'
'Bottle Bush' at Santos, Adelaide
240cm (H) x 97cm (W) x 97cm (D)
Squashed drink bottles, desert sand, twig, steel.
SALA at SANTOS: Energy Connections
SALA at SANTOS: Energy Connections