Estranged Tales 2007Catriona Stanton
29 May to 23 June, 2007
Brenda May Gallery
Nostalgia for the imaginary freedom of childhood has instigated these works. I have attempted to bring the child’s presence into awareness through miniaturisation. Diminutive scale permits the imagination to roam freely into stored memories and unknown adventures. Reminiscing on my affinity with Australian Eucalyptus forests I wonder how this relates to the Euro – centric woods of fairy tales stored in my imagination. The perilous journey into the unknown in fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding is encapsulated in the image of the dark forest.
There is also rich mythology surrounding the Australian bush epitomised in paintings by Fredrick McCubbin and films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock. Landscape is a concept shaped by our culture and our imaginations. I have chosen the forest as the setting to explore the blurred boundaries between fantasy and fact, the real and the imagined.