Over the course of four weeks, artist Joanna Buckley installed The Light and the Ground, a semi-permanent work covering the Providence building façade with an imperfect gold patina.
The Light and the Ground investigates the immersive sensations of colour and light, and their effect on heightening the experience of awareness in a space. The work also references processes of transformation.
The gold façade forms a background to the daily experiences that take place at the Convent, revealing simple but striking new relationships and perspectives.
Light, awareness and transformation are significant to the memory of the Convent site, and this installation inspires new perceptions of the site’s unfolding present.
About the Artist
Joanna Buckley’s practice involves sculpture and site-speciﬁc installation with an interconnected relationship to nature and abstraction. She has exhibited at Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Artery Co-operative Studio Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery Environmental Art Exhibition, the Museum of Chinese Australian History, ECNU Shanghai World Expo 2010, Moonee Valley City Council Arts Week, artist and community run spaces, and produced work for various commissions.
Joanna studied Design at QUT, Brisbane, culminating with a semester in Milan, travels through Europe and eight months design employment in York, England. In 2009 Joanna moved to Melbourne where she completed RMIT’s Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), graduating in 2011. Joanna Buckley is currently an associate of Fine Art Studio and studio artist at Artery Co-operative Ltd in Melbourne.
Project design development and installation collaborators include Brigitte and Karl Eggert of Art Gilding, Sydney; Krissie Kalteis, Astrid Mendez and Catherine Buckley.
This project was proudly commissioned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.