In this body of work Darwin based artist Talitha Kennedy examines the human relationship with nature in small sculptures and drawings.
‘My drawing technique is developed from the desire to translate the skin of form. I want the eye to run across every shape and fold that defines form like a tactile caress. In this way I render forms with a ‘scratching’ mark making. I work just a bit faster than my brain can keep up with by speedily following the ‘arrows’, so that shapes ‘form’ themselves just beyond my control. This method allows a ‘stream of consciousness’ image which I read as both landforms and clues to an emotive landscape. My titles are subjective interpretations realised after the drawing is complete. The ‘Hand Held Land’ series is drawn from observing my left hand while my right hand draws it. I articulated the folds and creases as images that can be interpreted as immense landforms, relating the transformation of the earth to the intimacy of using my hand.’
Talitha Kennedy 2013