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2017: Catherine Evans

Installation and artist's book: The View from Mount Disappointment – A cross-disciplinary artwork

Catherine's research uncovered new cross-disciplinary connections between historical documents and how place and history are remembered.

Her project sought to reinvigorate and open questions about individual connection to place, amid various tensions present in the contemporary world: be it personal, environmental or political.

Mount Disappointment was so-named because of the trees that prevented the view of Port Phillip Bay in 1824 when explorers Hume and Hovell climbed the mountain with the hope of viewing distant Port Phillip Bay. Catherine's project used this historical event as a poetic metaphor for how an individual today can look back critically on their homeland's history.

The outcome of the research resulted in an artist's book and large-scale installation using materials and elements collected from the Mount Disappointment area.

Catherine Evans is a contemporary visual artist currently based between Melbourne and Berlin. After studying science and Asian studies at ANU, she went on to study photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with first-class honours).

Catherine's studio research investigates the intersection of human and geologic timescales and sites of exchange between the body and material.