Denise Higgins and Gary Smith are two Canberra based artists. They share a studio at Australian National Capital Artists Mitchell Campus.
I focus on installation work which which for me is both process and encounter in which I am sculpting with space, time, and awareness.
Installation art concerns immersive and experiential encounters—experiences that might be site specific, ephemeral, that use diverse materials and media. There is a sense of a performative dimension in these experiences as they presence ‘space’ and seek to engage the audience as participants.
Ann Hamilton says of the legacy of installation is: “For someone who was actually there what survives is the memory of the experience. For me, it’s the stories that survive. The stories of the relationships that went into making a piece and into its public life.’
Painting for me is an experience of merging – losing the separation between observer and what’s observed, it is phenomenological experience, that is, it is felt and transmuted through the body.
As an artist I use the tools of ‘memory, history and imagination' to explore various dimensions of landscape. These dimensions include representation and meaning, constructs of space and time and shifts in image technology.
I engage in subjective inter plays to catch a rhythm that will bridge experiences, perceptions, and temporalities. ‘Body and landscape present themselves as coeval epicentres around which places pivot and radiate’ . Humans experience place as a sensorial perception, it is a subjective, kinaesthetic and synthaesthetic experience.
Studio 2, ANCA
96 Hoskins St , Mitchell
Canberra, ACT, 2911