represents Part Two of a collaborative project by Maslen &
One entitled 'Gorge' was held at VOID Contemporary Art Space
in London. The installation transformed VOID into a fictitious
landscape - eroded rock faces created out of layers of books,
some reaching over eight feet tall, from which translucent,
polyester resin plant forms emerged.
- exhibited at the Downing Centre, corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth
Streets in Sydney- was a natural progression from 'Gorge' but
now, instead of the viewers walking through the tactile environment,
they were able to walk 360 degrees around the series of self-contained
window display units (approximately 650 square feet) to view
a rolling landscape made from the same materials. The overall
effect was like something out of a geological textbook - specimens
of land contained in giant glass vitrines.
The context of this work plays an important role. Unlike 'Gorge',
a gallery-based installation, Woodland was situated in a highly
visible location in the centre of Sydney. The work hints at
the displacement of nature in highly populated cities and the
controlled artificial pockets of nature that are found in parks.