Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
MELINDA MARSHMAN SOLO SHOW
Following on from her successful 2018 exhibition at Saint Cloche Gallery ‘ROAD TRIP’, Sydney based artist Melinda Marshman's new body of work is inspired by the concept of Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘Forest Bathing’ applying the concept to the Australian Bush.
Quoting naturalist John Muir, “Between every two pine trees is a doorway leading to another life,” Melinda illuminates the philosophy behind the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or ‘Forest Bathing’. Exploring the idea that humans have grown increasingly separated from the natural world that sustains us, the disconnection from nature alienates us from ourselves. Our life force is sustained by nature; subtle energies are embodied in the vivid sensory and meditative experience and feelings derived from being in nature. In her spare and reductive style, Melinda takes the studies made en plein air and reference photographs, and concentrates on feelings – leaving only what is needed to invoke an emotive memory, such as the flicker through the bush of the last blush of sunset.
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