Artist re­turns to re­gion for ex­hi­bi­tion

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ARTIST Kathryn Brim­ble­combe-Fox grew up on a grain farm be­tween Dalby and Jim­bour, and her ca­reer has taken her to Bris­bane, Can­berra, be­yond.

And now she’s head­ing to Miles for her ex­hi­bi­tion Cos­mo­log­i­cal Land­scapes, now on dis­play at Dog­wood Cross­ing.

For Ms Brim­ble­combe-Fox, her child­hood on the Western Downs and the in­flu­ence of her artis­tic mother and grand­mother has heav­ily in­spired her art.

“I don’t re­mem­ber a time when I wasn’t into art,” she re­flected.

“The land­scape there, the flat, nat­u­rally tree­less black­soil plain, has re­ally af­fected the rest of my life and the way I in­ter­pret land­scapes.

“Be­cause in that flat land­scape, where the land­scape and the mi­rages melted that de­lin­eation be­tween land and sky, kind of made me feel as if I could fly.”

Ms Brim­ble­combe-Fox fondly re­called the times her ma­ter­nal grand­mother would take her and her two brothers out to gaze at the stars.

“There was this re­ally great kind of in­flu­ence that at the time you don’t think much about, but as I’ve got older I’ve re­alised that they’ve had a huge in­flu­ence on the way I seek my in­spi­ra­tion and how I ex­press it,” she said.

Her artis­tic jour­ney took her to the Univer­sity of Queens­land, then to Can­berra where she worked at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Gallery in a cu­ra­to­rial ca­pac­ity, be­fore mov­ing to Goondi­windi and re­turn­ing to her paints.

She then moved to Bris­bane, where she has com­pleted her Masters de­gree. Cos­mo­log­i­cal Land­scapes draws on Ms Brim­ble­combe-Fox ex­pe­ri­ences and fo­cusses on the “the vaster land­scape that goes be­yond the earth”.

“But also in many of the paint­ings it’s as if you might be look­ing through a mi­cro­scope,” she said.

“So you’ve got that cel­lu­lar atomic look and then you’ve got the cos­mic ap­pear­ance as well, so I try to in­duce the viewer to kind of fly with me through this time and spa­tial scale.”

Other in­flu­ences in­clude her stud­ies into air­borne weaponised tech­nol­ogy and how to in­ter­pret land­scapes in the 21st century.

In all, Ms Brim­ble­come- Fox said she’s “thrilled” to bring the paint­ings to Miles.

“I ac­tu­ally think coun­try peo­ple, be­cause they’re out­side and they’ve got un­in­ter­rupted views of the stars, un­like in the city where there’s a lot of light pol­lu­tion, that they’ll re­ally get what I mean in my work, so I’m re­ally ex­cited,” she said. Cos­mo­log­i­cal Land­scapes runs un­til May 22 at Dog­wood Cross­ing, Miles.


COS­MIC ART: Kathryn Brim­ble­combe-Fox speaks at the Artists Floor Talk at Dog­wood Cross­ing, Miles.

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