The Cruicable, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Canberra
Pioneer Landscapes is a selection of work created in response to Kate Ward's residency at the historic gold mining town of Hill End, Australia in 2013. The impact on the landscape by the pioneers was evident by the scarred earth, colonial architecture and forest re-growth. Ward was fascinated by the bush fences in various states of disrepair and the decorative picket fences of the townships which clearly delineated ownership of space by the early colonial settlers. Despite the impact on the Australian bush by the pioneers, the resilient nature of lichen covered all surfaces. The texture and colour of it captivated Kate and she noticed that it grew on trees, rocks, fences and even on the sealed roads.
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre