JANE BURTON: THE SUNKEN GARDEN
Jane Burton is a photographic artist currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia. She is known for her depictions of the female body, brooding landscapes, derelict architectures and abandoned interiors. Her work centres around an exploration of feminine desire and is often darkly ambiguous, enigmatic and provocative.
In this new series of work commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, she focuses on a particular landscape of the Central Highlands Region that she was drawn to: ‘a hidden place that one must walk into for some distance, crossing a kind of psychic threshold’.
‘Inside, by a vast reservoir of water, dead trees once submerged now surface due to drought, their limbs like bones worn clean by the elements. Indeed, it seemed to me that I was standing in a cemetery, where once great trees had perished in stricken and mournful postures.
‘I had the sensation of having passed into a mythical underworld, into a realm between earth and water and sky.’
Burton has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, and abroad. She has been the recipient of artist residencies in Paris, London and Beijing, while her photographs are held in prominent collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Australia.
This exhibition is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019.
& OPENING HOURS
24 August–27 October 2019
Open 10 am – 5 pm daily
TALK: JANE BURTON
Saturday 24 August 2019, 2 pm