PRESERVE CONSERVE, AN INVOCATION
JILL CHISM is an Australian artist who creates environmental and public artworks working across many mediums to create large-scale public sculptures as well as temporary interventions in and around the North Coast of Queensland. Her works is deeply spiritual with questions about how we interact with the cosmos and the human footprint on the environment.
Water is a central element of Chism’s work. The series Water’s Edge-Creating Environments, started in 2006, reflect on our spiritual relationship with water and also on the negative imprint left by flooding, pollution and drought. The work was carried out in cooperation with regional artists and locals along the way.
CHI FOR GAIA #2
The creation of 20 human sized rods represents us as individuals and the potential impact or ‘mark’ we make on the earth. As figurative markers they are emblematic of our ‘one to one’ encounter with nature/ the figure within the landscape. There are 12 rods for the 12 meridians or energetic pathways, which pass through the body, on which Acupuncture is based and 8 rods for the 8 extraordinary pathways that are said to lie in the Etheric field around the body.
TO BE LOOKED AT FROM THE OTHER SIDE
This work was created in response to my sense of distance and lack of comprehension of indigenous history and habitation. It is based on the first indigenous people who drifted to Australia.
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