Australian Gothic by Sarah Elliott
Australian Gothic by Sarah Elliott

Australian Gothic by Sarah Elliott

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Photomedia | 25 x 30 cm | Framed

"Australian Gothic" draws upon art and literary traditions, emphasising the isolating, other-worldliness European settlers encountered in the Australian bush and is aesthetically and thematically inspired by painter Frederick McCubbin. Taken in close proxomity to urban infastructure, the photo archives a surreal, desolate area subject to development. A layering technique digitally combines multiple mirrored images to create the vaulted forms which characterise gothic architecture. The colour pallete is infused with visceral colours evocative of stained glass windows which is juxtaposed against monochromatic sections which also honour the gothic tradition. Superimposed photos documenting multiple viewpoints spatially abstract the landscape and construct an alternate image from which forms reminiscent of fantastical creatures like gargoyles emerge.