'Listen, hear', is an evocative project that explores and shares a better understanding of, and respect for, our landscapes and people. Utilising photography, textiles, drawing and painting, Geri makes visible the vital and grounding concept of listening.
In her intuitive, research-based art practice, she draws colour from endemic gum trees, and by blending water from nearby rivers and oceans creates work with strong provenance which expresses the artist's listening experiences.This exhibition shows works from 'Down South' and 'Up North', the first two in the series.
During her residency at Tactile Arts, Geri has identified gum trees endemic to the Top End, gathered plant material to use in natural and non-toxic dyeing of cloth. While in Darwin on Larrakia Country Geri has sought permission from the traditional owners to collect eucalyptus dye material.
Seeking traditional owners permission wherever in Australia she is working on this project is one of the key intentions and the core concept to demonstrate respect and listening. “I cannot learn about Australia through eucalypts without also learning about the specific Country and Indigenous people connected to that land and the endemic gum trees they live with. The two are intrinsically connected, geographically, historically and culturally, and offer a greater awareness and understanding which is personally very enriching.”
The Art of Listening: Listen, Hear: Friday, 19 August to Sunday, 4 September 2022
Opening event: Friday, 19 August 2022 from 5.30pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, 23 August 2022 at 5.30pm
Workshops: Masterclass - Eucalyptus Dyeing