• SPARK GALLERY:
  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Day Four
  • Day Five
  • Lesley Duxbury

    Melbourne artist and Associate Professor at RMIT Dr Lesley Duxbury is no stranger to Hamilton, having judged the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award at the Waikato Society of Arts earlier this year. She is a photographer and printmaker with a particular interest in the natural environment and sustainability. Her work captures the atmosphere and experience of the landscape, and to this end she has staged her prints as immersive installations, while some of her images have fragments of text that both extend and complicate the viewer’s experience of the work.

    Ultimately, her art offers far more than detached contemplation of a landscape. She is interested in the viewer’s physical relationship to the work – an immersive, sensual experience – which stems also from traversing and documenting different landscapes herself as research for her art.

     Dr Duxbury was born in Lancashire in the north of England in 1950, studying art and working as an art teacher before moving to Australia in 1983. No doubt the years she spent in England, and her love for the great nineteenth century English landscape paintings of John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, influenced her own artistic preoccupation with skies and atmospheric effects. Indeed, in addition to numerous solo exhibitions, her work was included in the 2006 exhibition Constable and Australia at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

    Using her own work as examples, Dr Duxbury will talk about art practice as a form of research that can be configured to address and engage with real-life issues and with projects beyond idiosyncratic subjects.

    In her workshop, she will help students identify and articulate a research topic – quickly. Through a series of short exercises, participants will expand the parameters of their practice, which will result in a succinct and engaging presentation to encapsulate a potential project.