Rhiannon Slatter creates compositions that stem from the demands of human evolution and the subsequent implications of ever-changing growth in developing urban landscapes. Slatter uses photography to explore the beauty and geometry of the built environment by creating abstract works of art that evoke the aesthetics of the industry, infrastructure and transport settings that inspire her.
Slatter’s images reveal dynamic connections between shape and form, creating unity within the image structure. She builds upon her photographs using digital post-production techniques, the final compositions being carefully crafted, combined and layered to achieve visual concord.
Rhiannon Slatter is an artist whose work reveals complex interconnecting structures that create a myriad of woven pathways through time and space. From giant monolithic structures against stark skies to a series of compositions that explore the creation and transformation of a new building, Slatter’s work brings a sense of serenity in juxtaposition to the fast-paced expansion of the modern world.
Her work is frequently concerned with the forceful imprint of humanity. As people and places continue to evolve, so too does the shape-shifting nature of our built-up world and the continual fluctuation of construction, demolition and the gradual process of discreet decay.
Based in Melbourne, Rhiannon began her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing her Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT. Her work has featured in group and solo exhibitions across Australia.
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I have missed being able to travel through diverse and ever-changing landscapes during Melbourne’s extended lockdown. Reflecting on the sensory experience of wider movement and closely observing details at home instead, I began a process of experimentation. Using a camera and flatbed scanner as capture devices, I examined details of texture, light and form, playing with varying levels of blur and motion. These fragments were then carefully layered into compositions, a means of exerting a small amount of control over an otherwise unpredictable reality. The series Uncertain City is a manifestation of my experience of lockdown, views of a world I can’t entirely access while living in contracted space.
Despite having my movement restricted, I have been able to remain in my home with my family and feel safe during Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown. Yet I’m conscious there is a collective and far greater uncertainty for many in our community. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) supports thousands of families every year, who flee persecution and harm so that they can live in peace. Until 31st December 2020, proceeds from the sale of each Uncertain City print will be donated to ASRC, supporting them as they provide food, housing, healthcare and legal support to those who need it, and helping families to flourish and prosper.
Each image is available printed directly onto aluminium in a limited edition of 12 with dimensions of 445x590mmmm. Prints are displayed in a black aluminium tray frame. Click HERE for more information and online ordering.
CONCRETE: Art Design Architecture
CONCRETE: art design architecture is a major exhibition exploring innovative ways that concrete is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator) and Brian Parkes (CEO), the exhibition includes 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia. Featuring Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Adam Goodrum, Alex Lotersztain, Anna Horne, Baldasso Cortese Architects (Tarrawarra Abbey), Candalepas (Punchbowl Mosque), CHEB – Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa, Convic, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects (Tamarama House), Edition Office (Hawthorne House), Elvis Richardson, Glenn Murcutt (The Australian Islamic Centre), Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, Inari Kiuru, Jamie North, Megan Cope, Rhiannon Slatter, Tom Borgas, Sanné Mestrom, SMART Design Studio – William Smart (Indigo Slam), and WOOD Melbourne – Oliver MacLatchy.
Cowra Regional Art Gallery
13 February – 21 March 2021
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
3 April – 20 June 2021
Design Centre Tasmania
2 July – 5 September 2021
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
Murray Bridge, SA
15 October 2021 – 28 November 2021
Signal Point Gallery
3 December 2021 – 6 February 2022
In 2017 Rhiannon Slatter began studying the process of a building coming to life, exploring its underlying structure, architectural language and eventual purpose, its reason for being. The project she chose to follow Beaumaris Secondary College in Bayside Melbourne, a new school designed by architects ClarkeHopkinsClarke that revitalises a rundown precinct and fills a void of public education at this level in its local area. Slatter photographed the school’s construction throughout 2017 up to its occupation by students and staff in 2018 and 2019. The technique of digitally layering these collected images considers parallels between the buildings’ assembly and the learning that now takes place there, seeing education as also occurring in layers; a process of building knowledge in the development of a deep understanding of the world and our place in it.
Becoming was initially presented in the Bob Whiteway Resource Centre at Beaumaris Secondary College where it interacted with the architecture it responded to.
Rhiannon Slatter has been the inaugural participant in the Artist in Schools Program initiated by Bayside City Council, which took place during term 3 of 2019 at Beaumaris Secondary College.
Becoming was exhibited at Bayside Gallery in late 2019 alongside other key works from recent series.
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects, Bayside City Council and Beaumaris Secondary College with this project