Imants Tillers
Spirit of Place 1983
synthetic polymer paint on 178 canvas boards
254 x 648 cm
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
Purchased 2003

A Sense of Place

Past Exhibitions
7 November 2004 - 22 May 2005

A Sense of Place considers the insistence of landscape in the history of Australian visual art, and explores the meaning of place in our lives. Including paintings from the TWMA collection together with selected works from private collections, A Sense of Place presents a wide array of cultural and social issues such as history, politics, economics, and environment, around the idea of the land. It ranges from early twentieth century experiences to more current relationships with both natural and constructed environments.

A number of works in the exhibition explore, not only how we individually relate to particular kinds of places and spaces, but also how our perception of identity is highlighted through the depiction of the figure in the landscape; it offers, in turn, a real and idealised account of Australia. Other works explore memory associated with specific places and how experiences or relationships with the land serve to enrich understanding of ourselves, our communities, our country and the world in general.

The exhibition includes work by Imants Tillers, Peter Booth, Jeffrey Smart, Rosalie Gascoigne, Sam Fullbrook, Louise Hearman, Brett Whiteley and many others.

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