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Exhibition from 6 - 19 February 2015

Jess Leitmanis
Future Sands
(as part of Sustainable Living Festival)

Little fragments and fractures from a world constructed by man, they reveal themselves to me as I wander across the shoreline. The problem is, in seeing, now I cannot ‘un-see’. So my hands are often laden, overflowing, with escapee plastic jostling for the best view. Squeaking and poking their way through the cracks between my fingers...
Motivated by an acute awareness of the impact our frenzied modern lives have on our natural environment, I contemplate the factors that led us to this place. I arrive at words like ‘desire’, ‘consumption’ and ‘choice’, though I recognise the constructs and motivations surrounding these things originate elsewhere. Plastic is a physical thing, however, as this journey evolves, I’ve begun to see plastic as also a metaphor for any number of ideas, routines or conditioning, that we may be beguiled by... On both an individual level, and as a collective society.
In ‘Future Sands’, comprised of collected objects, sculpture, and drawing, I’m moved to explore the interesting space between intent and reality; awareness and oblivion. Looking at tiny details that are often invisible in our daily lives, I see clues to our internally and externally constructed landscapes.

I am intrigued by duality and contrast. I enjoy working with nib applied ink because a tension exists between fine precision and unruly drips that can fall throughout the creative process. Treacherously beautiful in its demise... The plastic I keep must have weathered storms, and earned battle scars, with sun-faded, heat cracked, ravaged, earth stained skin. That is how I know each piece I choose has at least one tale to share. Tales of the earth, and earth’s man. Tales of the ocean and her two faced ways. Calm and cruel. Light and dark. Jazz and Zen. Let us dance.