|RECENT WORKS BY CATHERINE VAN WILGENBURG ‘I bring together the white settler past within the present landscape in order to see how our disconnection from this land determines current beliefs and behaviours towards the land in our own backyards. The painting ‘Women collecting Murnong (Yam Daisy)’ draws upon the 1834 field manuscript by John Helder Wedge, juxtaposed with contemporary images of suburban housing at Cairnlea and Caroline Springs.
Other Wedge images of Wurundjeri elder William Barak and convict William Buckley have been taken from Helder Wedge’s 1834 field sketch book.Catherine van Wilgenburg ‘Catherine van Wilgenburg’s paintings make the connections between the first European’s perceptions about this region and her Victorian Aboriginals. They show how these ideas still impact upon our current beliefs about land management. She invites the viewer to consider the living Aboriginal presence in our backyards and to connect with local indigenous plants and animals to regenerate these severely endangered volcanic grasslands in our own backyards’.
Dr Colin Hocking, former lecturer in Sustainability Education Victoria University St Albans Campus
|The Enlightenment Series||The Art of Conservation||Prints||The Land of Iramoo|
|Reversing the Missionary Position||Barak Code||Paperbark Pixelations||Photography ‘Shadow Series’ 2015|