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the peace of wild things

May 3 - 20th 2018  
Gallows Gallery  -  gallowsgallery@bigpond.com . T: 08 92864730.  53 Glyde St Mosman Park WA 

artist statement -  This body of works is inspired by the stillness of body and mind expressed in Wendall Berry’s poem, The Peace of Wild Things. I am interested in exploring our connection to the physical landscape and our metaphysical response to it, especially given the chaotic pace and manipulated diversity of the modern world and our distancing from its natural form. I am looking at the smallness of things, the peacefulness of being created when we allow ourselves space to just be. The unscripted, unstructured world of childhood is a poignant source of reconnection, and given the unconstraint of a rural setting, for myself, the relationship with flora and fauna is monumental.

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Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's

lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake rests

in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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