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Ruins #5

Ruins #5

Year: 2006

Medium: Ceramic
Height: 115cm
Width: 28cm

Depth: 28cm

From the exhibition: Sensing The Silence - Mary Kathleen

 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

Collection of:  the Artist

Photographed by: Robin Gauld


    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 Exhibition Catalogue Essay by Gordon Foulds

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