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reconstructed landscapes

4 February, 2020 - 15 February, 2020

4 – 15 February 2020

hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 11am to 3pm
admission: Free

Dripping, verdant, lush, green and mossy, these forests abound with ferns, strange luminous fungi and ancient gondwanaland trees…

Annie Burns, forest, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 137cm x 86cm

Annie Burns, golden image, 2019, oil on canvas, 66cm x 76cm

Annie Burns, mangrove selfie, 2019, acrylic on aluminium, 61cm x 61cm

Annie Burns, still place, 2019, acrylic on wood panel, 76cm x 101cm

Annie Burns, plastic garden, 2019, acrylic on wood panel, 76cm x 102cm

We are fortunate in Australia to have retained some relatively pristine wilderness areas, but climate change, deforestation and the destruction of the environment are rapidly altering our natural world.

The nascent global movement of rewilding, in areas such as Europe, is restoring lost ecological processes. Does our future include the rewilding of Australia in an attempt to restore a small part of the complex natural environments we are currently destroying? Spending time in the bush, the forests, the desert or a garden nourishes our souls, but also raises issues of the interplay between humans and the rest of nature – our violence and exploitation of the natural world.

Tasmania’s magnificent forests and Victoria’s old growth forests are unique and enchanting areas. Dripping, verdant, lush and green, these forests abound with ferns, strange luminous fungi and ancient Gondwanaland trees, festooned with dripping mosses and lichens.

Annie Burns’ work is engaged with ideas of mortality, a consideration of stereotypical imagery, and a passionate interest in the sublime natural world and our relationship with it.

Annie Burns is an Australian visual artist, currently living and working in bushland on the outskirts of Melbourne. Her recent work is informed by this environment and its beauty and vulnerability as the area faces the impact of climate change, hotter and drier weather and increasingly severe and frequent bushfires.

Annie attended the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). She has participated in a number of group shows in Australia and Japan. She has had several solo shows in Melbourne and has won a number of awards. She has work in public and private collections including the City of Richmond collection (VIC), Diamond Valley Art Award Collection (VIC), Ministry of Housing (VIC), Araluen Centre (NT), Federation University Art Collection, (VIC), and others.

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4 February, 2020
End:
15 February, 2020
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03 9662 9966
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Annie Burns

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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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