Valentina Palonen - Hunting The Far Mountain

Recent painting and sculptures by Valentina Palonen transform Tasmania's people and landscapes into a fantastical counter-narrative of unknown worlds and wandering fictional tribes

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 04 March 2015 to Saturday 11 April 2015

Valentina Palonen - Hunting The Far Mountain image Mountain Ash image Without destination or wanting image The Wanderer image The sun came up as the last of them were leaving image Lake St Clair (Mayflies by the water)  image

Published by Gould Galleries on Wednesday 11 February 2015.
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‘Hunting the Far Mountain is my response to our instinctive longing for the natural world, as poignantly mused by John Muir ‘The Mountains are calling and I must go’.

Following two research trips to Tasmania, I was inspired to explore the psyche of people’s continued motivation to seek out and immerse themselves in existing remnants of the natural world. From camping and canoeing, to mountaineering and gardening — we are drawn to green spaces and to threatened natural environments.

Last summer I traversed many of the state’s national parks, in particular the renowned wilderness areas of the west coast,documenting individuals from a variety of backgrounds making the pilgrimage to these world-famous regions. Encountering day- trippers, professional mountaineers (‘peak- baggers’), hikers, as well as crowds from eco-tours and research scientists, I began compiling an archive of visual references of wayfarers seeking a way back into the wild; perhaps modern-day pilgrims en route to a sacred site.

The paintings and sculptures in this show are a reinterpretation of these sites and those I encountered there — a transformation of both people and landscapes into a fantastical counter-narrative of unknown worlds and wandering fictional tribes’.