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Eminent conceptual photo-based artist Rosemary Laing is well known for creating large-scale photographs that respond to sites of cultural and/or historical resonance to engage with the politics of place, contemporary culture and human relationships with the natural world.
Buddens materialises resonant traces of human habitation in the fertile landscape of Wreck Bay on the south coast of New South Wales, Traditional lands of the Budawang people of the Yuin Nation, a site of historical shipwrecks and maritime rescues and a place of familiarity and sanctuary for the artist. The flow of people through landscapes over time and their disrupting and re-configuring force is visualised by masses of disembodied clothing laid out to trace a rivers’ flow. Nearby a skeletal roof truss is uneasily implanted in the landscape, probing ideas of home and the human desire for shelter and refuge as well as histories of land occupation, ownership and present-day pressures of spreading urbanisation.
The title of each photograph refers directly to the site as well as personal and national narratives and memory including tales of shipwrecks and caution and still life paintings by Australian artists Grace Cossington Smith and Margaret Preston.