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Ruins #2

Ruins #2

Year: 2006

Medium: Ceramic 
Height: 42cm
Width: 53cm

Depth: 20cm

From the exhibition: Sensing The Silence - Mary Kathleen

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

Collection of: The artist

Photographed by: Robin Gauld


    Sensing the Silence: Mary Kathleen

    This exhibition was a component of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, College of Music, Visual Art and Theatre, James Cook University, Townsville.


    The works in this exhibition are divided into a number of categories. The rectangular ceramic and found metal sculptures relate to the ruins which were once a mighty and powerful part of the working mine, providing evidence to the rest of the world of its seeming strength and permanence. Now they are no more than decaying symbols of their former magnitude. Their ceaseless decay continues unabated, and echo Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias”… ‘Nothing beside remains. Round the decay of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away’. Silence echoes through the years as that decaying ruin continually becomes subsumed into the rolling landscape; just a shrinking feature of another time which speaks softly of the impermanence of all things, and while we may think of our world as being changeless, these ruins remind us that we are no more than journeyers through a continually evolving landscape

     Extract from Catalogue Essay by Gordon Foulds

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