Clementine Belle McIntosh’s exhibition Canvas Works disassembles the conventions of the stretched canvas to instigate rich conversations with place.
Based in Gilgandra NSW, home to the Wiradjuri, Kamilaroi and Wailwan traditional owners, McIntosh constructs performative situations in the landscape through acts of burying, shooting, soaking or suspending works. Her process-driven practice carries with it a consciousness of material and place, engaging natural fibres, repurposed fabrics, pigments and soil that hold a peaceful relationship with the natural environment.
McIntosh’s Canvas Works form a meditation on the specificity of place and the natural cycles that transform them. Each fold, residual fabric crease and indelible stain forms part of a living narrative that reflects on past processes in the land as well as future adaptations. McIntosh’s practice imbues a tangible closeness to rural Australia that acknowledges Indigenous connection to land and the mark of colonisation. Eucalyptus dye, bushfire charcoal and earth pigments saturate McIntosh’ work with deep ecological histories, allowing the landscape to speak through the work itself.
Unrestrained by conventional methods, McIntosh’s Canvas Works are as much a part of the landscape as the landscape is a part of them.
– Nikki Van der Horst
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