Jo Scicluna: Where The End Meets The Beginning
An exhibition of work by PhD candidate Jo Scicluna.
This exhibition, Where The End Meets The Beginning, melds a selection of artworks produced for two key site-responsive exhibitions driving the studio research: Where We Find Ourselves (Geelong Gallery, 2016) and Where The Land Lies (Gippsland Art Gallery, 2019). Titled A Cumulative Topography: Materialising the Surface Tension(s) of the Australian Landscape, this research project establishes a relationship between photographs of the Australian landscape and the language of spatial practice. Drawing upon the implicit tensions underlying the Australian cultural landscape, I developed the conceptual framework, A Cumulative Topography, wherein the landscape surface, as metaphor and material site, is re-conceived as a productive interface through which to extract existing representational and socio-cultural tensions. Driven by a relational modality, this malleable framework evolves via guidance sought from Indigenous Australians. A Cumulative Topography enables a rethink of what the term ‘landscape’ can encompass, interrogates its surface and exposes its multidimensionality, in order to reveal a surface comprised of and derived from ongoing cultural interrelations. Re-imagined as an aggregate surface, the Australian landscape is crafted as a porous interplay of diverse cultural histories and practices—a sometimes turbulent terrain—re-presented through an expanded photographic and site-responsive installation practice. This expanded practice is approached as a vehicle for critical cultural redress and proposes a shaping of future topographies.
I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung and Wathaurong clans of the Kulin nation, and the Krowathunkooloong, Bratwoloong, Brayakooloong, Tatungooloong, Brabawooloong clans of the Gunaikurnai nation as the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which this research project and affiliated exhibitions have taken place.