12 July to 2 August 2014
Artists' talk: 12 noon, Saturday 12 July, NCCA, Vimy Lane, Parap
A collaborative work between artists Michelle Culpitt (Darwin) and Annee Miron (Victoria), Burrow is inspired by a road trip from Alice Springs to Darwin taken by the artists in 2013. During the trip the artists were struck by the 'blackened folds in the landscape that hinted at burrows'. Apart from Culpitt's photographs partly serving as documentation of burrows and burrow-forms in the landscape, the artists also interpret the burrow more broadly as 'an opening, a passage between the known and the unknown, both an archaeology and architecture of the places and spaces between, beyond and underneath'. (Artists' statement, 2013) The exhibition combines Miron's sculptural installation (using found, woven cardboard) and Culpitt's multifaceted photography drawing on historic and current (digital, duratran) photo-printing techniques, and on the aesthetics and narrative of cinema.
Michelle Culpitt is a graduate from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Fine Art (Hons) graduate from Sydney College of the Arts, and a Masters in International Development graduate from RMIT. She has exhibited her work since 1997 and been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Professional Development Grant (2013) from the Copyright Agency, and twice the Award for Best Work on an Environmental Theme at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne)'s Nikon Summer Salon (2002, 2003).
Annee Miron is a Fine Art (Sculpture) graduate from RMIT University, Melbourne. She has participated in numerous site-specific/ephemeral sculpture events such as the Strand Ephemera (Townsville), the Lorne Sculpture event (Victoria) and at the Yarra Sculpture Space (Melbourne). She has also undertaken Australia Council for the Arts residencies in Rome (2010) and Paris (2010).
site-specific sculptural installation for 'Burrow', 2014, NCCA;
photo: Fiona Morrison