Miranda Joseph, Sakura I, 2020, acrylic on canvas
12 February - 27 March 2022
New Landscape shows new work from Masters of Fine Arts graduates from the Dunedin School of Art, Robyn Bardas, Miranda Joseph and Sue Pearce. These three artists were part of a group exhibition, New Perspectives on Landscape, at the Eastern Southland Gallery in 2018. Each artist has taken a species-specific approach to their response to the landscape. From the red tussock of Gore, Eastern Southland, to Tokyo, Japan’s cherry blossom, and the alpine ecosystems of New Zealand’s South Island.
While their responses are distinct and individual, each artist understands landscape painting to reflect not only anxieties about the survival of our natural world, but an acknowledgment of the history and development of painting itself. As New Zealand’s approach to the landscape moves to prioritise sustainability and climate change concerns, landscape-based art practices can contribute to these contemporary dialogues.
Robyn Bardas, Red. Tussock. Line. Series, 2021, gouache on archival digital print
Sue Pearce, Valley, 2021, acrylic on canvas