Artist | Lea Durie
Whitlam is an exploration of a new place through the deep time materiality of clay. This work started with a curiosity of what I might find when a planned urban place is encountered through unplanned wanderings and messy bodily entanglements. I approach the new, clean and ordered suburb of Whitlam, on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country, through its human architecture and the non-human world of 350 million year old clay, dug from within the suburb.
The repetitive and intensive process of working with wild clay forces me to slow down and take notice. An exchange between place, labour and material develops its own rhythm. A sensory engagement with the weight, colour, texture, smell and sound of the wild clay shows a vibrancy of matter.
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