‘Travelling to Cantabria’ fits within the theme of ‘Crossing Boundaries’ and builds on a body of work that I have developed over the past five years. The tyranny of distance tends to make international travel something of a rare luxury for Antipodeans, so for me each journey away from Australia is a valued opportunity to see, experience and reflect upon the many ways in which we inhabit our world. A month-long residency in the Netherlands in 2015 proved to be the springboard for this ongoing series of works, and of course my journey to Spain and on through France by train to revisit the Netherlands again in 2018, added greatly to the store of unforgettable imagery that informs my visual and emotional responses to travelling in strange lands.
Within the larger project of ‘Travelling Tales’, I have utilised imagery, objects, patterns and ideas gathered during journeys to other countries, as a means to interrogate the nature of our engagement with time, memory and place. Crossing to the other side of the world opens me up to cultures other than my own.
As with other works in the ‘Travelling Tales’ series, the ‘Travelling to Cantabria’ installation emerges primarily from reflection on my experience of that recent trip to Spain, France and the Netherlands. But it also references earlier travel within Australia, and to the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Japan and South Korea: crossing boundaries both culturally and physically. The resulting artwork focuses specifically on imagery that calls to mind the nature of the experience of immersion in cultures other than my own. In my work, I seek to embody such ideas through the use of patterning and imagery derived from the cultures and places I have been privileged to briefly engage with on my travels.
Artist: Loris Button
Installation title: Travelling to Cantabria
Method:linocut and collage on BFK Rives, kozo and reclaimed abaca papers
Size: 20 prints, each 20 x 20 cm
installation size 108(H) x 86(W) cm