Sara Maher & Nigel Farley - TAS
Sara Maher is a Hobart based artist who works in large and small dimensions across painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. A succession of residencies in remote Tasmania (and a connected residency in Broken Hill, NSW) have been highly influential in the development of her work.
Sara seeks a language to describe the variance she feels between resonances that evoke an expansion of "being" in place and atmospheres of unsettled memory where layered histories intersect.
Each piece is a meditation on materiality and a subtle metaphorical response to place and its energies, generating an aura of spatial illusion. Underlying the tranquil silence of nature is a melancholy hum which calls forth the past.
Sara Maher is represented by Bett Gallery
Nigel's sound media explores links between the “sounds of place” and the “acousmatic” (more imaginary dimensions of sound). There is a strong consideration in how soundscape is engaged with through close listening at the margins of perception.
The resonant atmospheres inherent to isolated sites in Tasmania - vacant dwellings, aging infrastructure - in concert with the vicissitudes of wind, rain, snow – has been a significant influence. Compelled by the way sound phenomena evokes a sense of the past/present, Nigel has explored cultural memory and notions of absence (as presence) as a particular experience of place.