Moss or Marker? a contested space
Moss or Marker? a contested space traverses the unstable grounds that are the boulder-fields of the Lost World Track on kunanyi, with a particular focus on the hand painted, circular track-markers that guide the way through these fields. In my work the track-markers and boulders become interchangeable, and easily confused for one another. The environment of kunanyi and the supports of the canvas and paper become lost in the ground of each other. This confusion of subject (boulders and track-markers) with ground (the landscape of kunanyi as a whole) creates an ambiguous space for the viewer to consider the complex notion of 'wilderness'. One where nature and human culture intertwine and co-exist, where the boundaries of the sculpted walking track become overgrown and indistinguishable from the lichen covered boulder fields of kunanyi.
I aim for the paintings and assemblages to be read as both literal and metaphoric boulder-fields, as visually complex and challenging to navigate as their real world counterparts on the conflicted and contested slopes of kunanyi.