ANTARCTICA - A PLACE IN THE WILDERNESS                                                           Click on thumbnails in gallery below to view larger image

Talk of wilderness conjures up images of beauty, of untamed places vast and isolated. Antarctica, at the bottom of the world, seems almost to touch the deep echoing space that surrounds the planet. The Antarctic plateau, where the silence can be as profound as space itself, is the absence of all senses: no smell, no colour, no noise, no movement or life. It appears as the world’s physical manifestation of the sixth sense, that empty place where we find our intuition when our brains are still.

Antarctica – A Place in the Wilderness is the result of a three-month Arts Fellowship with the Australian Antarctic Division. It is part of Judith Parrott’s “Place Matters” series, which looks at the importance of community, cultural identity and connection to place. The resulting exhibition is a series of fifty-eight framed silver gelatin prints of Antarctic community life on the ship south, at Australia’s three stations, Casey, Davis and Mawson, and out on the field. Also included are artist diaries and a Braille version of these; colour slide show; soundscape of ambient sound and expeditioners at work and leisure; found items, with permission for their collection and display; expeditioner manuals and items supplied by the Australian Antarctic Division. Exhibition production is funded by the Australian Antarctic Division and Arts Queensland through Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks.
-Bechervaise Island
Elephant Seals
Mt Henderson
Sea Ice
Southern Ocean
The Plateau
Weddell Seal

web design (C) 2010-15 Mike Meade   all audio, images, videos and writings (C) 2010-17 Judith Parrott