In this body of work Darwin based artist Talitha Kennedy examines the human relationship with nature in small sculptures and drawings.
Talitha Kennedy’s small hand-stitched sculptures are inspired by the idea of holding a mini-world in your hands.
‘Humans have the power to make big changes to the world. The capability of our technologies give us the power to destroy the land –deforest, make a huge hole in the ground for mining, avert rivers to dam, move mountains for roads. Geographic forms are themselves in transition, formed by moving tectonic plates in constant states of erosion as everything transforms by entropy.
The land as a body, an organism –alive and with spirit’
My process-driven practice draws out my inner world to relate to the exterior world. In my sculpture and drawing I refer to forms I see in the natural environment as gestures of living and dying, this felt experience in my practice fleshes out experiences of being in the world and of the world. I stitch black leather soft sculptures to create corporeal interpretation of nature’s macabre presence, using industrialised animal skin as evocative of the unsettling tension between contemporary comfort and unease with our relationship to the non-human. This process brings into question my concerns with belonging to country, intimacy with landscape and what it is to be alive in a transient existence.
Now based in Sydney, living in the tropics of Northern Australia had an inescapable influence on my art practice.
In 2011 I completed Masters in Creative Arts by Research at Charles Darwin University in Darwin and in the same year was NT recipient of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award. In 2013 I received Australia Council ArtStart which assisted a number of residencies and exhibitions.