Environment art is no longer just a political voice but images that stoke the heart with passion

Western Advocate
9 July 2016
Emma Hill

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BRAG audiences will remember the highly successful Illumination: New Work by Nicole Welch exhibition, shown here in 2012. Eastern Interiors follows on, utilising similar processes while surveying new forms, destinations and histories.

Beginning in her home of Bathurst and finishing in Albury, Welch has drawn on the historic archives and journals of Thomas Mitchell, explorer and the original Surveyor General of NSW to extract the original pathways into the eastern interior of NSW.

With this knowledge, Welch made her own cross-state expedition, stopping to (re)discover and document key locations as they are now.

Once on location, Welch would construct a film like set (generators, lighting and state of the art projectors) and then camp out, waiting for the perfect light in order to capture the ideal version of the location.

The resulting images reveal the layered histories that inform our present-day relationship to country through the placement and projection of colonial era objects and words onto the landscape.

Eastern Interiors presents Nicole Welch's most recent body of work says Sarah Gurich, Curator, BRAG.

These works investigate the complex narratives of Australia's loaded histories and landscapes and are at once sublime and thought-provoking.

Eastern Interiors has travelled from Brenda May Gallery, Sydney to Murray Art Museum Albury and a small selection of the works were also hung at the Sydney Contemporary gallery.

Eastern Interiors: Explorations from Bathurst to Albury by Nicole Welch will on remain exhibition until Sunday, August 14.