'This is The Lost Ones' podcast #4 - Tamara Dean, Force of Nature

Our latest podcast casts our eyes back at September 2017, at the opening of the Tamara Dean exhibition Force of Nature. This sophisticated collection of works spanned several years of Tamara's work, bringing together a comprehensive story and looping Tamara's love of nature into her love of the human form.

 Tamara Dean, 'Manboy'

Tamara Dean, 'Manboy'

Tamara’s practice extends across photography, installation and participatory works exploring the relationship between humans and the natural world and the role ritual plays in our lives. Natural cycles within time and space, life and death, nature and spirituality contribute to her way of investigating and engaging with the world around her. Her images are of liminal spaces, occupied only briefly by young people as they move into their next world of adulthood.

An exhibition that appeared alongside the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Force of Nature became an important stop on the Biennale tour.

This interview was hosted by Owen Craven. Owen is an independent art writer, editor and curator, facilitating platforms and opportunities for artists to create and present their work.

Owen has worked in the visual arts industry for a decade, developing a mixture of curatorial and artist project management experience. Currently, he is a Curator with Urban Art Projects (UAP), and immediately prior to joining, he was the Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. In these roles, Owen led numerous initiatives that created platforms and opportunities for both emerging and established artists to create and present their work.

'This is The Lost Ones' podcast #2 - 'Anakie, a living museum'

In our second of occasional podcasts for This is The Lost Ones, we speak with the prolific artist Rosalind Lawson as she describes her inspiration and her muse - Anakie Gorge in the Brisbane Ranges. This fragile piece of wilderness has inspired the creation of her latest exhibition Anakie Gorge - a Living Museum (June 24 - July 10, 2016). Rosalind Lawson has been keenly interested in the natural, cultural and environmental themes of the central and southern regions of Victoria for nearly two decades and has expressed these themes through painting, drawing and as a papermaker and paper artist. In this, her latest solo exhibition, Rosalind focuses her attention on the Brisbane Ranges landmark. Anakie Gorge was formed 500 million years ago when violent eruptions under the sea forced the watery sediment into a new configuration. For thousands of years the Wathaurong people occupied this area, but with European colonisation and the demand for water from the Geelong settlements, three thousand hectares of the Brisbane Ranges were claimed as a catchment area and dammed to support the growing population. Today Anakie Gorge stands as a geographic record of the movement of water, both natural and engineered. Rosalind derives unending inspiration from this weathered landscape. In ‘Anakie Gorge: A Living Museum’ Rosalind has produced a series of works that express the tension between natural forces and human intervention.  Rosalind's exhibition was opened on Saturday 25th June by local poet, Barry Breen. Music was provided by the Ballarat U3A Celtic Band.

Anakie Gorge, a living museum, shown at The Lost Ones Gallery

'This is The Lost Ones' podcast #1 - Sophie Munns, Seed:Art:Lab

The first podcast for This is The Lost Ones, this is a panel discussion between Sophie Munns, exhibiting artist for Seed Art Lab (April 6 - April 24, 2016) together with Belinda Coates, Deputy Mayor Ballarat; Dan Frost from Seeding Victoria and Matt Pywell, owner and operator of Ballarat Wild Plants. This panel was a wide ranging conversation about the work of Sophie and why she is inspired by the work of seed scientists, how climate change is altering the landscape of Ballarat and surrounds and the kinds of work that is being done locally to retain and research seeds and indigenous and endemic plants.

Sophie Munns of Seed:Art:Lab, at The Lost Ones Gallery