X GALLERY PRESENTS
THE FOURTH SOLO EXHIBITION OF EMERGING TEXTILE ARTIST JESS FORSTER:
‘ R E S E R V O I R ‘
Saturday 13th April, 3pm - 5pm
Show is open from 13th April until 10th June
X GALLERY, 32GIBRALTAR STREET BUNGENDORE NSW
Gallery open Friday to Monday, 11am - 5pm or by appointment
phone: 62380550 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESERVOIR is a series of artworks exploring the impact of the drought on rural Australia.
Waterways are diminishing and native habitats are slowly being destroyed. An air of panic enters our human conscience. This anxiety is contagious.
As climate change is securing its grip on agriculture, farmers are watching their stock go hungry and their crops turn to dust. Parts of our Government risk food production in favour of mining companies extracting gas or groundwater. Major water sources are being reaped and mis-managed such as the Murray-Darling system. Lakes are contaminated. Fish, birds, and indigenous plant species are disappearing. Whole communities suffer, people suffer. The big dry does not discriminate.
Yet, with anxiety and fear, comes resilience. An undeniable strength in character. This source of optimism is explored through RESERVOIR.
Harsh environments are portrayed through white-bleached felt landscapes and billabongs coagulating into dark-mud hearts. The starkness is contrasted with a powerful sense of nurturing. Organic three-dimensional elements protrude from large tapestries and enclose the viewer in a soft embrace. Small sculptures suggest growth as felt limbs emerge from the dust. This series of works is as much about the drought, as it is about questioning our human condition.