Dawn Whitehand - Ballarat
Working from her studio on the outskirts of Ballarat at the base of a slumbering volcano, Dawn Whitehand is very aware of her environment, its constant changing, and its vulnerability. She am also very aware of the current global environmental crisis.
Within this context Dawns art practice attempts to address these issues by making sculptural artworks that attempt to remind, though subliminally, the viewer of their innate connection to the Earth, and reliance upon it for survival. She does this by using organic materials and textures and recycled materials to reflect the natural world. The combination of these materials, shapes and textures conjure abstract images of the landscape in an attempt to trigger innate, yet perhaps dormant, understandings within the viewer about their embedment in the natural environment. Dawn uses clay as the main material to suggest these concepts as it is itself of the “Earth”, and therefore a poignant reminder of humanities connection to the organic world. It is only through humanity becoming re-aware of their symbiotic relationship with the Earth that they can ever hope to stop consuming it and begin living with it.