Rozalind Drummond

 Two portrait images on either side of each other. On the left, there is a person with short hair staring into the camera. They are wearing olive green clothing with a field behind them. On the right, there is a person laying on grass wearing a pink dress. They are staring up at the sky. There are lens flares.

Image credit: Rozalind Drummond ‘Moss and Rosemary’ 2021.

We were there, shifting space
by Rozalind Drummond

Artist statement

This year, 2021, has been continually mediated by the pandemic and significant environmental and social changes. These colour photographs of Dan, Freda, Helena, Kaito, Moss, Rosemary and Shelley, were all taken on days found between the fracture of protracted lockdowns, when restrictions were briefly lifted.

The images were made in the same location; a large open field, that is close to the centre of Melbourne. The landscape here, is never static, with constantly shifting daylight and varying weather conditions across seasons, each subject negotiates, their own distinct and elemental abstracted space. Slowly shifting, then pausing momentarily, their bodies converge in an orbit of gestures and performative actions. Liberated for a moment from the imposition of masks and other physical barriers, they are absorbed, just briefly, in this expanse.

About Rozalind Drummond

Rozalind Drummond is a Melbourne-based artist, teacher and curator. Working across photography, performative actions and video her practice is essentially an exploration of spatial and natural environments. Since the early 1990s she has realised a significant number of major projects across museums, galleries, contemporary art spaces and alternative art schools both independently and collaboratively.

Drummond has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. In 2022, she will undertake an Artist Residency with the Bundanon Trust, NSW and has been invited to be a Guest Curator in Residence, at CAVES gallery, Melbourne. In 2021 she undertook an Artist Residency with Wollongong University, NSW. Drummond curated a virtual exhibition for Bus Projects, Collingwood Yards in 2020, that was entitled, Future Ourselves, Scenes. In the same year she was engaged in a series of workshops with dancer, choreographer and artist Shelley Lasica exploring ideas around the connections between choreography, dance and art practice. Drummond has also worked informally at a progressive, art school in Tokyo, Japan. Her work is held in private and public collections nationally and overseas.



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