Presenting McClelland’s historical collection and recent acquisitions, augmented by key loaned works, to explore diverse visual and conceptual approaches to nature. Previously considered a mere backdrop for human drama, the landscape became an artistic subject in its own right only recently and has often been defined by notions of the picturesque and sublime. Yet in the context of escalating environmental catastrophe it has become necessary to overcome the aesthetic appreciation of nature in pictorial and subjective terms. This exhibition presents the varied representations and conceptualisations of nature that might inform such a reappraisal, preparing for a deeper understanding of our complex relationship to the natural environment.
Including works by Fred Williams, John Constable, Frederick McCubbin, Nicholas Chevalier, Janet Laurence, Hanna Tai, Dorothy Napangardi, Siri Hayes, Gabriella Hirst, Brodie Ellis, Danie Mellor and James Geurts.