Jennifer Taylor – Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye brings together paintings from two places of significance for the artist: Aotearoa/New Zealand, her birthplace and childhood home; and Arrernte country in Central Australia, her chosen home.

Growing up in Aotearoa, Taylor learnt that one’s turangawaewae – place to stand – is the basis for knowing who you are, and for respectfully connecting with others, ‘eye to eye’. Knowing the mountains, waterways, and people of your home place is the ground for all relationships. Taylor is pakeha (non-Indigenous) but these values continue to shape the way she thinks and sees.

For the past twenty years, Taylor has lived and worked in Alice Springs. Here, country encompasses the land and all forms of life, including cultural expression such as language and art. To her encounters with Arrernte country, Taylor brings her own cultural background, including painting approaches that reference the European landscape tradition, and memories of the land, language and waters of Aotearoa. Her work is driven by love for the country and concern for its protection.

The paintings are based on plein air practice – working on-site – which offers the sensory immersion and physical engagement necessary for ‘eye-to-eye’ encounters with country. Eye to Eye explores painting as the ground upon which layered histories of place, memory, and connection come together. Taylor’s paintings are powerful and complex, born of a deep seeing and intimacy with place, and full of the vivid sensations of the places where she and the viewer stand.

Opening Thursday 30 June, 6pm
To be opened by Dr Josie Douglas, with music by ‘The Splinters’

Saturday 2 July, 11:30am
A place to stand: art and caring for country
A conversation with the artist

Exhibition open until 14 August

Image: Routeburn 3 (detail), 2015, oil on board, 25 x 30 cm Undoolya skyline 1 (detail), 2015, oil on board, 60 x 60 cm
30 June3 July 2016
Araluen Arts Centre
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