Rhopos

The title for this series comes from Norman Bryson’s Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting:

  • “….the depiction of those things which lack importance, the unassuming
    material base of life that ‘importance’ constantly overlooks.”[1]

It is a body of work that began with a handful of small discs I found on one of the Keppel Islands in Queensland. These foramnifera are a single-celled organism composed of calcium carbonate.  When broken down they combine with other marine particles to form island sands and limestone, the base structure of coral reefs.

“Things brought home from the sea and its margins become emblems, talismans to the beachcomber….You can only sneer at it if you’ve never felt that sense of bounty, of excitement, stooping to pick up something that breaks the bareness of the beach,…like a small gift”[2]

Tim Winton’s words above also resonated with me, giving voice to my own experience of the compulsion to collect and re-imagine. Beachcombing has given me many treasures, gatherings of possibilities; collections into which I delve and from which I form interpretations of the places that call me still.

[1] Norman Bryson,1990, Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting, Reaktion Books Ltd., London.
[2] Winton T., 1993, Land’s Edge, Macmillan, Australia p45

Lithos 1
Lithos 1
44cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Blind emboss print, edition of 5
Lithos 2
Lithos II
44cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Blind emboss print, edition of 5
Lithos 3
Lithos III
44cm (W) x 56cm (H)
Blind emboss print
Tethered III (foraminifera) by Catherine Hewitt
Tethered III (foraminifera)
36cm (W) x 24cm (H)
Digital photo printed
tethered copy
Tethered
36cm (W) x 24cm (H)
Digital photograph
What Lies Beneath detail
What Lies Beneath (detail)
40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Digital photograph
f05
Foraminifera 05
24cm (W) x 24cm (H)
Digital photograph
What Lies Beneath by Catherine Hewitt
What Lies Beneath
126cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Digital photographic montage


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