CHRISTOPHE STIBIO - Mapping the Landscape at Flinders Lane Gallery
As part of his ongoing exploration of landscape, Christophe Stibio presents new works in his upcoming exhibition, Mapping the Landscape. Exploring a central idea of incompletion along with his last visit to the Royal National Park on NSW’s central coast, Stibio’s new series is a carefully formulated non-allegorical response to landscape. Refusing to go along with the inherited and persisting image of an alienated human presence in an excluding hostile environment, Stibio instead invites us to approach the landscape in a more open manner. The strips of shredded documents layered onto his work prompt images that keep moving, mutating and self-transforming. These paintings do not conform to any pre-existing idea of what the landscape should be. Instead they choose to render its multiplicity - not just fear-invoking magnitude, but also its fragility and intimacy.