arbor temporis momentum

bendigoartgallery

Exhibition dates: 25 November 2017 - 18 February 2018
Louiseann King is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2017 Going Solo artist; an initiative providing contemporary artists living and working in central Victoria the opportunity to produce a significant new body of work for solo exhibition.

For King, the natural world provides rich symbolism for self-reflection as well as a medium to probe broader cultural and social structures and histories. Her immersive installation arbor temporis momentum is an imagined landscape comprised of objects foraged and formed; in some cases completely transformed through a casting process. Paying homage to the fragility and beauty of nature, these tangible elements, many gathered from the bushland near King’s home and studio, are woven into the work in poetic layers, which touch upon family and the lived experience of women in Australia, particularly in connection to the land and domestic enterprise.

Soundscape by renowned Australian sound artist Philip Samartzis and Louiseann King.

Louiseann King is a sculptor/installation artist and academic based in Eganstown, Victoria. Her work is included in a number of public and private collections. In 2006 she completed a Doctorate in Philosophy at Monash University where she held the Monash Silver Jubilee Scholarship. King has exhibited widely and is the recipient of numerous grants and prizes, most recently a VicArts New Work Grant and the Craft Victoria Love Locks Commission.

arbor temporis momentum

LOUISEANN KING

25 November 2017 - 18 February 2018


arbor temporis momentum

LOUISEANN KING

The stunning works that comprise

arbor temporis momentum immediately

draw the viewer into complex imagined

worlds that connect with both the

natural environment and the constructed

landscape of the domestic. The familiar

and yet the unfamiliar; the uncanny and

the spellbinding. Territory we think we

know and territory we are yet to know.

There is an implied apprehension and

fluidity. Things slip and slide, multiply

and whisper. Textured and plain glass,

transparent objects and the returned

stare of reflective mirrors create an

iridescent portal to the heart of each

work. While a gathering of natural

sounds from the land the artist walks on

every day return as aural whisperings

that seem to rise from the gallery

floor. The unexpected is everywhere.

This soundscape is the result of a

collaboration between Louiseann King

and the renowned Australian sound artist

Philip Samartzis.

King is not only an artist, she is a

poet and alchemist. Not a poet in the

conventional sense of rhyming verse but

in the ancient meaning of the word which

casts the poet as a maker of ‘things’.

The term ‘things’ remaining undefined.

As poet/alchemist, King brings together

the foraged, the cast and the collected,

transforming her found and made objects

into a chorus, allowing the memories and

histories associated with every element

to sing silently.


A central character is the found kitchen

table, a domestic work bench from

times past. A gendered object. A passive

witness to life lived within its gaze – the

memories of the object now deeply

ingrained in its surface patina. In the work

arbor temporis momentum – respiro, a

transparent city of objects sits proudly

atop the table, the domestic altar. It is as if

the breath inhaled in the natural landscape

as the artist forages for flowers and bark

has been exhaled into these vertical glass

vessels. As though the vessels equate to

the framework of suspended tubes we call

lungs. Waxed flowers, a magpie cast in

bronze and an ornate tablecloth float on a

glassy pond below. Shakespeare referred

to the soul as a ’glassy essence’ and in this

work the essence of women past murmur

their histories.

The elaborately constructed works

encapsulate the explorations, musings

and imaginings of the artist as she lives

her life on either side of the mirror. The

artist/poet/alchemist on one side and

Virginia Woolf’s ‘angel in the house’ on

the other. Slipping into the Arcadian

dream of the landscape, becoming

invisible, hiding, foraging, making. And

then returning to the familiar.

King’s otherworldly landscapes evoke

the inescapable – the mortality of all

living things. As a woman immersed in

the natural environment she is acutely

aware of the power and danger inherent

in that domain; floods, snow, black ice,

fire, lightning strikes. These threats, as

Dorothea Mackellar writes in her poem,

My Country, are part of the ‘beauty and

the terror’ that define our country.

The artist/alchemist uses glass as a

recurring metaphor for anxiety and

impending catastrophe as can be seen

in arbor temporis momentum – cortex

and arbor temporis momentum – flore.

In these works, glass cylinders and discs

threaten to roll or fall from their tables

at the slightest vibration. And within

these works the power of a moment

disconnected from the natural cycle is

conveyed by the bark sheddings and

twigs cast in bronze, rendering them

forever now.

Louiseann King is an artist who revels

in the magic and tension of the space

between moments; between something

that has just happened and something

yet to happen. The alchemist no longer

attempting to create gold from base

metals, but rather golden moments from

the gathered and the made. A sense of

time transformed into visceral landscapes

of the body, mind and soul.

Once immersed in the rich theatricality

of arbor temporis momentum the viewer

drifts and glances. And the works look

back as they collaborate reflectively.

Dr Greer Honeywill

Artist, researcher, scholar


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All images courtesy of the artist | Photography by Danny Wootton

Front Image: arbor temporis momentum - recedo (detail) 2017. bronze, vintage glass vessels, early Australian colonial kauri pine table,

vintage wool crochet baby blanket, vintage glass panels.

arbor temporis momentum - recedo 2017. bronze, vintage glass vessels, early Australian colonial kauri pine table, vintage wool crochet baby

blanket, vintage glass panels.

arbor temporis momentum – chartam (detail) 2017. bronze, vintage scientific glass tubes, early Australian pine table, vintage steel stand,

vintage cotton handmade Australian flag, vintage window glass.

arbor temporis momentum – chartam (detail) 2017. bronze, vintage scientific glass tubes, early Australian pine table, vintage steel stand,

vintage cotton handmade Australian flag, vintage window glass.

arbor temporis momentum – cortex (detail) 2017. bronze, vintage glass industrial tubes, Australian Sheoak & white cedar colonial table,

vintage Australian wool blanket, vintage patterned coloured glass windows, vintage window glass.

arbor temporis momentum – cortex 2017. bronze, vintage glass industrial tubes, Australian Sheoak & white cedar colonial table, vintage

Australian wool blanket, vintage patterned coloured glass windows, vintage window glass.

arbor temporis momentum – genere (detail) 2017. bronze, vintage laboratory fittings, vintage sewing machine fittings, early colonial

Australian cedar table, 1890’s silk & paper quilt, glass.

arbor temporis momentum – genere 2017. bronze, vintage laboratory fittings, vintage sewing machine fittings, early colonial Australian cedar

table, 1890’s silk & paper quilt, glass.

arbor temporis momentum – respire (detail) 2017. vintage & contemporary glass scientific & domestic vessels, early Australian colonial cedar

table, hand embroidered waratah vintage table, dried and waxed Australian straw flowers, bronze, vintage glass panels.

arbor temporis momentum - respiro 2017. vintage & contemporary glass scientific & domestic vessels, early Australian colonial cedar table,

hand embroidered waratah vintage table, dried and waxed Australian straw flowers, bronze, vintage glass panels.

Louiseann King with arbor temporis momentum - flore (detail) 2017. bronze, mirrors, convex mirrors, convex glass, glass, fire-scorched early

Australian kauri pine table, pressed acacia mearnsii, vintage milk-glass jars.

arbor temporis momentum - flore 2017. bronze, mirrors, convex mirrors, convex glass, glass, fire-scorched early Australian kauri pine table,

pressed acacia mearnsii, vintage milk-glass jars.

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