GREAT STORIES TOGETHER

ONLINE FESTIVAL FRI 1 - SUN 17 MAY 2020

Digital Prints on composite aluminium panel
Dimensions variable
2020

Courtesy of the artist and Bett Gallery Hobart

SEA #1-4

TROY RUFFELS

ARTIST STATEMENT

In viewing cinematic works concerning my daily photographic practice, I am interested in cinema’s capacity to bring together multiple layers of time in telling stories, creating a narrative and evoking metaphor. It aligns with my use of the ‘palimpsest’ as a process metaphor. It is a surface on which the first record has been effaced or etched away and then overwritten by another.

The layering of records over time (text/atmosphere/visual) creates a new multi-layered and multi-dimensional image. The nature of palimpsest is twofold, preservation and loss/ retention and erasure.

Through the process of layering images together, something new emerges, formed from a confluence of erasing and re-writing. It is a reminder that history and stories are layered as much as they are bound to time.

These new seascapes responded to ideas of climate and atmosphere on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

Each of the works aimed to portray the intensity of a specific location and moment recently experienced while evoking broader connections to internal emotional states of being through connection to place, in this case, Covid-19, isolation and the sea as a sanctuary for thought and sanity.