Erratics by Marian Drew

Marian Drew, 'Everything was more vivid (detail),' 2023. Dye sublimation on aluminium, 190 x 120 x 32cm. Photo supplied.

The spatial illusion that the photograph offers has been shaped by the single perspective view that choreographs a conception of the world as measurable, ordered, and divisible. The urgency of the environmental crisis and rapid technological change necessitates new ways of imagining ourselves, as contingent with active geobiological forces. The three-dimensional photographic artworks disrupt historical perspectives of the lithic as a stable backdrop. The eruptive stones, energetic contingent matter, contrast the blurred background, offering the metaphor of geobiological flow, ambiguity, and reciprocity.

Marian Drew lives and works in Brisbane, Mianjin. Her work is held in national and international collections including the John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Fonds National D’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of South Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art. She represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial in 1993, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China 2010, Dubai Photo, 2016, and the Musée du Quai Branly, PhotoQuai, Paris 2011. She has received several commissions that include the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Brisbane Magistrates Court, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane River Festival, and Queensland National Parks and Wildlife, and completed Australia Council international residencies in New York in 1989, 2011 and Los Angeles, 1994.

Marian is a Higher Degree by Research Candidate, completing her Doctor of Philosophy.

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