Mark Rodda

Looking South from the Labyrinth (to Mt Olympus & Lake St Clair), 2014

acrylic & oil on marine ply

103 x 110

From the artist

This is a scene looking South from the Labyrinth in the Tasmanian Highlands. At the top centre of the image is Mt Gould and the Minotaur, to the top left is Mt Olympus and Lake St Clair.

Judges Comments

This is a very curious painting  - when you look at it you cannot be sure exactly where, as a viewer of the scene, you are meant to be standing. It's as if the land is falling away, dropping away beneath you, so that you are floating, disembodied.  To achieve this, Mark Rodda has been exceptionally inventive in the ways he has composed the painting. These tarns are on a high plateau, and here you can see that the land drops off both at the front and in the background of the painting. It's clear that Mark Rodda knows this country well - there are moments when the textures of that country are present on the canvas, in the paint handling, and you are aware of the ways the clouds are reflected in the water: it makes you think you are there.

Judges: Julie Ewington, Curatorial Manager, Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery; Tim Storrier AM, Artist, New South Wales; & Michael Edwards, Director, Contemporary Art Tasmania

Artist background

Born 1973, New Norfolk, Tasmania. Lives and works in Preston, Victoria.

Exhibiting since 2000. Finalist in Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014 & Wynne Prize 2013. Solo shows include  Utompian Slumps, Melbourne 2014 & 2012; Gallery 9 Sydney 2013; 24 Hour Art Contemporary Artspace, Darwin 2010; & Next Wave Festival, Melbourne 2008. Exhibited in Amsterdam and Utrecht, Holland and Brussels, Belgium 2011.

Represented by Gallery 9, Sydney/Canberra.