March 24, 2017

Portal East: Blue Mountains watching Sydney, 2016

This series explores the complex relationship between the Blue Mountains and Sydney, encouraging critical reflection on their divide and the meaning of each to the other. The close proximity of both locations helps define the other. There is a long history of artists looking at the Blue Mountains from Sydney. Initially it was colonial artists longing to know what lay on and over the blue horizon. After the ‘European crossing’ the Mountains became viewed as an idealised extension of Sydney. The series redresses the imbalance of this westward gaze by using an eastern view looking back. By viewing Sydney from the west, it brings into focus a less familiar and unflattering view of Sydney’s liminal spaces, its urban sprawl and polluted grey horizon.