Tell us about the evolution of your concept through this creative development process.
My area of interest concerns the future of the regions and how an expansion of human activity creates both opportunities and potential problems. The natural surrounding environment draws many of us to live on the South Coast, but as we move in there is displacement of flora and fauna. I am very aware of this in the location that I live, which is at the intersection of the human world and the wild rainforest animal world.
My concept is to create a moving image work and a series of short excerpts that highlight what was on this land before European settlement. Towards this I have been recording in video, photography and audio, creating a folio of materials to use as the project develops.
A concept I am using reimagines local built structures as vessels and containers of the past. These incorporate layered elements including public buildings as silhouettes that become portals and gateways to video of the flora and fauna that was previously on that site.
My initial short videos work with images of local public buildings such as churches, halls etc. I then insert footage of local wildlife I have recorded into the silhouettes of these buildings. These are gentle reminders of what was here before us.
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