Kenzee Patterson :: A tree branches, so does a river
1 Oct - 3 Dec 2016
Vicki Fayle Gallery
This exhibition begins by looking at the roles two of my ancestors played in the logging of red cedar in the Lismore area during the mid-nineteenth century, and the construction of the old Lismore Post Office clock tower.
This personal link is my entry point for a broader mapping of material, historical, conceptual and spiritual connections to these sites and the surrounding area.
The interconnectedness of time and materiality is delineated through a series of steel sculptures that relate to the wrought iron belfry that sits atop the clock tower. The forms of these sculptures echo the chemical structures of pheromones released by red cedar trees and cedar tip moths, hinting at the complex ecological relationships that are often imperceptible to humans.
I am interested in ideas of place, identity and the fluidity of time and memory.
This exhibition provokes questions about accepted histories, and considers the cultural and ecological impacts in the aftermath of the arrival of non-Indigenous people in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
Kenzee Patterson is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.