Rain White is an experienced multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator based in the Dandenong Ranges. Her dominant themes explore connection to place and time. She investigates ancient cultural symbols, icons, and our enduring connection to landscape and nature. Rain explores a diverse range of media, from painting, to photography and sculpture. The emotional landscape of her art asks us to reflect deeply on both our experiences and our role in the natural world. Rain’s practice encourages reflection and contemplation in the viewer.
I am a studio artist at Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey and am working on a body of work that explores ideas about how one experiences the landscape through immersion and solitude. I am interested in how a person can be transformed through a contemplative practice that involves sitting as part of nature, in the one location over time and through seasons and times of day. It is my aim to produce work that acts as a record of this meditative practice and an invitation to rest and heal. It is my hope that the work resonates in stillness, with the viewer. I believe that many people are spiritually and psychologically damaged by our current age and that a relationship with place over time, can act as a balm and point of connection. My experience living with depression, anxiety and autism has influenced my work as I wrestle with ways to create meaning and mitigate my feelings of dislocation.
Over the last 40 years Peter has had a varied career in the arts including working as a commercial artist, a musician and composer and an academic teaching and researching in music. His work is recognized for its imaginative creativity supported by a high level of innovation, technical skill and knowledge. Career highlights include several national and international awards including the 2012 Eureka Prize for innovations in computer science (relating to computer music research). Other highlights include international performances and presentations of his music and multimedia collaborations, such as Ars Nova in Prague 2004. More recently he has focused on visual work and has gained a local profile as an innovative artist working in public art settings. Examples of this include Pathmarker installation in the Sassafras Art walk and the sound installation Bird Child Spirit in Selby.