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"Sandstone Stories"

Every day until Sun 30 Aug 2020
9am - 4pm
Not Required
Parking Available, Public Transport, Toilet on Site, Disabled Facilities
Event will continue in wet weather
"Sandstone Stories" is the 18th solo exhibition by Dr Leonarda Kovačić, Katoomba-based photographic artist. It explores (semi-)abstract features of Australian sandstone landscape through 28 photographic images taken in the Blue Mountains and the Greater Sydney region between 2010 and 2020. Leonarda's previous exhibition, "Adriatic Dreaming", explored humanoid and animal-like shapes in Adriatic limestone. This exhibition is the continuation of her exploration of abstraction in naturally shaped rock. In his "Treatise on Painting" (1651), Leonardo da Vinci urged artists to study abstract forms and patterns on everyday objects (e.g. walls, pavements), in order to develop and increase the power of their artistic perception. This exhibition highlights the abstract features of local, unaltered, in situ sandstone and their potential to tell stories and give meanings to what is usually referred to as inanimate matter.

The images offer a new perspective on Australian sandstone and urge viewers to creatively engage with their content. In that sense, the exhibition is educational in nature: it aims to expand and sharpen viewers' perception of seemingly monotonous natural surfaces and objects. The images focus on different textures, shapes and hues of sandstone which sometimes appear as familiar forms and sometimes remain abstract mysteries. The exhibition aims to breathe a new life and sculptural value into the magnificent variety of Australian sandstone.

Born in Croatia's culture capital Zagreb and raised by mother academic artist, Leonarda came to Australia in 1997 and completed a PhD in Aboriginal Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2001. In Croatia, she had studied journalism and photography, but it was not before her fieldwork in the Aboriginal communities of northern New South Wales that she produced a serious body of photographic work. For 12 years, she collaborated with the Elders of Gamaroi and Yularoi nations, recording their cultural heritage. She became enchanted with the Australian bush, and continues to roam the wild paths around Sydney, observing constant changes in nature and herself. During her 25-year-long academic career, Leonarda has taught and published on colonial images of Aboriginal people in Australia and overseas. She is one of the few historians in Australia specialising in colonial photography of Aboriginal people.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, there will not be a formal exhibition opening. The exhibition runs from 10 July to 30 August, and is open every day of the week from 9am to 4pm.

All exhibited prints are available for sale, and quality postcard-size greeting cards with exhibition images are also available (30% of proceeds goes to NSW NPWS).
Heritage Gallery
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
End of Govetts Leap Road
Blackheath, NSW
Click "send an email" below or Phone NSW NPWS Blackheath on
  02 / 4787 8877

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