Linked by Landscape Exhibition - Burrinja Gallery, Upwey.

27 February - 29 March 2015


Kathryn Birch, Chris Delpratt, Janine Good, Geoff Harrison, Phil Hodson

The purpose of this exhibition was to show the perpetuation of a dialogue in contemporary Australian Art of using landscape to explore and inform identity through art practice from a local as well as global perspective despite a predominantly urban existence. It was of the artists intent to avoid in varying ways the portrayal of landscape as “pretty and nice”.


All but two of Janine’s works are dedicated to a friend – Rod Taylor who passed from this life in 2009, taken by cancer.

Rod spent his final years at a remote sheltered bay on the south-eastern coast of NSW, a place he found solace and where his ashes were cast into the wind and ocean.

This place is the subject in all but two of these paintings and drawings.

There is a sense of melancholy in these works but I think the worn and resilient landscape shows there is both decay and renewal so it is also a celebration of life.

So the sad event of losing a friend inspired a series of works I call ‘Lost and Found’, a series about love and loss.

Rod was an artist/musician with had a wicked sense of humour so I think he would appreciate what his beach memorial has inspired … I hope so.