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The works in this exhibition, by Elizabeth Lamont and Sandra Ross, explore ways in which accumulated objects, places and events create 'presence', a sense of the continuing significance of what has happened before.

Elizabeth Lamont's large charcoal drawings of clothing reference the body that once inhabited them, reminding the viewer of significant phases of growth (childhood, adolescence, adulthood). The tonal nature of charcoal is both powerful and delicate simultaneously. Four large drawings complement the film-like series of 16 smaller images.

Sandra Ross' prints provide a counterpoint to the absence of the figure in Elizabeth's work by superimposing the floorplan of a demolished building over photographs of female nudes. The fluid forms of the body are tatooed with architectural detail, layering the human with the built environment in a startling manner. Two artists' books complete the series of 18 prints.

Both artists in Presence use the human body as a way of exploring the past. The use of colour is muted or absent, giving form and texture prominence. While the ideas behind each artist's work diverge, each artist's choice of subject matter and technique form an exhibition that is a powerful and coherent whole, providing regional audiences with an opportunity to see quality drawing and printmaking.

Funding through Arts Queensland has enabled the artists to run workshops at each venue in conjunction with the tour.

Tour Dates 2004

Artspace Mackay: 30 January - 14 March
Emerald Gallery: 19 March - 1 May
Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn, Vic: 11 June - 4 July
Cooloola Shire Public Gallery: 4 August - 12 September
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Vic: 1 November - 15 December

Tour Dates 2005

Grafton Regional Gallery: 13 April - 22 May
Texas Regional Art Gallery: 2 August - 3 September


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