Flora

Posted by Deb Clarke on December 4, 2017 in |

In 2016 I had a solo exhibition at the June Marriot Gallery Alice Springs titled FLORA – The Alchemy of Playing with Plants. As the name suggests it was a celebration of the many ways I use plants in creating my artwork: for naturally dyeing silk scarves, making paper from native grasses, creating Vandyke prints on the […]

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Recent Work

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

With no Exhibitions planned I am in the fortunate position of being able to experiment, try new things. Typically not all experiments are successful, meaning they are not works I would want to put out there in the world, but all are valuable. It’s so true that we learn more from our failures than our successes.  Here are […]

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Aerial Photography

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

In 2014 I purchased an off the shelf, rather expensive, flying camera. Otherwise known as a Quadcopter or a ‘drone’. For me it was a creative tool, not a toy, or a spying device. I used it to gain the perspective I love, from above. Eventually I was able to fly it well enough to capture exactly the […]

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Ochre

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

Finding and grinding stones to make ochre is a pleasurable, if time-consuming activity, one that connects me and my work to the land. I don’t look for large sources of powdered ochre and I certainly don’t take stones from areas of known cultural sensitivity. The stones I use are small and quite hard. I grind the stones […]

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Larapinta Trail Work

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

From 2002 to 2008 I assisted Charlie, my partner, running supported walks on the Larapinta Trail. The trail is 230 k’s long and runs through the heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges. It was a privilege to get to know a tract of remote country so well, to have time to draw it, be drawn in by it, […]

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In the Studio

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

My studio is the place to be if its too hot, too windy or too cold to work ‘au plein air’. Its a place for doing a myriad of indoor things: painting, dyeing, drawing, assembling things,  all at once if I want to. Its light, generous, busy and a repository for the things I can’t throw […]

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Au Plein Air

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

My favourite studio is the environment. I like the immediacy it forces upon us as we struggle with changing light, physical discomfort, flies, wind, heat … everything. I typically work outdoors in sketchbooks. The combination of oil pastel and acrylic ink, sometimes called ‘wax resist’ is my preferred medium for the extreme conditions of Central Australia.  I like […]

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Natural Dyeing

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

Dyeing with natural dyes has become a bit of an obsession. There is a kind of  uncontrollable magic about this process, you never know exactly how things will turn out, so the old recipe of play, experiment and learn is the one to employ. I use plant material I collect in the bush, plus things I forage from ‘Woollies’, […]

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Rust Photography

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

Rusty cars, abandoned on remote tracks, are part of the ‘landscape’ of the Central Australia. For me they are iconic reminders of the way we live here and the way transport changes our relationship to land, for both non indigenous and indigenous inhabitants. I value what they tell us about the history of our ‘colonisation’ and also the many […]

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Up in the Air

Posted by jrossiter on February 12, 2015 in |

‘Up In the air’ was my solo exhibition at Araluen, the Regional Gallery in Alice Springs, 2013. The original idea was to present the landscape of arid Australia as seen from above.  Works were mixed media, oil pastel, acrylic ink and rust on watercolour paper. I developed my own method for ‘rusting’ watercolour paper that mimics the natural process of […]

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