MELISSA SMITH

Winner - Wama Art Prize

Listen Deeply – Lake Sorell 2021
Intaglio collagraph print on Magnani paper
76h x 120w cm (triptych)
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MELISSA SMITH

In Susan Sontag’s essay, The Aesthetics of Silence, she makes reference to an absolute silence: coming to an end of mental activity. This state is both absolutely vacuous and completely full…like empty wisdom. In this silence there is an opportunity for thoughts beyond thoughts.

Lake Sorell on the central plateau in Tasmania is an environment that provides a sense of quietness, layered in its own history and stories. Through listening deeply to this landscape a sense of harmony and understanding can be found.

This period of isolation as a consequence of the pandemic has provided the opportunity for many to experience the beauty and solace nature can provide. There has been an ‘awakening’ associated with such environments where a unique sense of self-awareness is realised that is difficult to describe that in turn emanates a sense of life and hope within our ever-changing world that balances on a tipping point.

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