Art, Identity & Place

How wild places, deep time and archaeology inform my contemporary art process

Shut It Down

Occasionally I post photographic images of my immediate environment on the Surf Coast at Anglesea, Victoria, Australia.

Behind the town lies a coal mine (brown, wet, thermal coal) and power plant polluting the air with particulates and the highest sulphur dioxide emissions in Australia.

A campaign titled “Shut It Down” by the Surf Coast Air Action (SCAA) has be consciousness raising and has now ramped things up as a window of opportunity has presented itself due to the State election in November. They can be followed on:

Twitter: @SCAA3230

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SurfCoastAirAction

and their website is: http://www.surfcoast.airaction.org

Just from the many artists’ views that I have canvassed around this locality, apart from all the other issues including climate change and health issues, visually we always face an eyesore, one that hints at the bigger one which threatens the National Estate Listed Anglesea Heath and potentially the Otway Ranges National Park.

I hope the day comes when I walk at sunrise and the plume of toxic emissions is no longer a blight on the horizon.

Author: elainedesterre

I have been producing oil paintings, mixed media, prints (etching), digital prints and drawings for many years travelling to the Australian outback and overseas for inspiration and further education. My formal education consists of a PhD in painting and a BA in printmaking and my artwork is represented in public and private collections. My purpose and ongoing challenge is to create a gender-balanced and environment-focused iconography within the Western canon of European oil painting. These themes find expression within imagery about time, memory and identity as well as in geomorphology of evolutionary and environmental significance.

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