‘There is, therefore, another subject beneath me, for whom a world exists before I am here, and who marks out my place in it. This captive or natural subject is my body.’
– Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception (quoted in Casey, 1993, p.47)
This exhibition explores the expanded condition of contemporary place-based drawing, through navigating the disputed landscape, sites of trauma, and landscapes of stratification. After undertaking extensive field research throughout Tasmania’s suburban bush spaces, these works now reside as a reflection upon the interdependence of nature and culture.
The collision of western culture and the continual cycle of new and eroding traces of civilisation in the natural environment, have constructed a landscape of layered narratives. These works explore the collision between the forgotten place, the constructed landscape, and the narratives that emerge when one is framed within the other. This landscape has been marked, and these works have been ‘drawn over’, in attempt to retrieve the scattered remains of a transient place.
Tim Coad is an emerging artist based in Nipaluna / Hobart. His practice explores the expanded condition of contemporary place-based drawing, printmaking and photography. Tim received first class honours at the University of Tasmania in 2019, and has since presented a number of solo exhibitions, and has been represented across multiple prestigious awards such as The Glover Prize, The Hadley’s Art Prize, The Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize, and the Burnie Print Prize.