Marking Out The Territory is an exhibition of work by three of Australia’s leading contemporary printmakers: Hertha Kluge-Pott, David Frazer and GW Bot. Each of the artists responds to the call of the land as a site of meaning. They investigate the relationship between nature and man, shedding light on this tension in unique and remarkable ways.
Hertha Kluge-Pott has won numerous prizes and accolades for her contribution to the field of printmaking as both an artist and teacher. In her practice she focuses on the turbulent boundaries that exist between the land and humankind, disavowing conventional pictorial structures and compositions to depict her subject ‘upside down and inside out’.
David Frazer in his beautifully wrought large-scale woodcuts and linocuts of rural Victoria, explores a sense of place, and the emotions of longing, nostalgia and isolation that accompany it. The universal yearning to be 'somewhere else' is a common thread throughout. His figures sometimes appear lost amidst the vastness of their lonely rural landscapes, or bemused by their tenuous domestic spaces. Running counter to this strain, there is always a gentle sense of whimsy and humour. Also present in Frazer’s work is an oblique and suggestive hint of narrative. Incongruous objects both command attention, and defy easy explanation.
The Canberra-based artist GW Bot has achieved an international reputation through her unique abstract vision. Through her prints - and accompanying sculptural works - she has developed her own pictorial language of signs and ‘glyphs’, as a means of communicating and capturing the essence of the Australian environment. Bot deploys her abstract visual alphabet to evoke the Australian landscape in its constant state of flux - between fires and floods, droughts and flowerings - and our passage through that ever-shifting landscape.
All three artists have works in Australia’s state and national galleries, as well as in prestigious corporate and private collections world-wide.