Babette Robertson is an emerging Sydney-based artist whose practice engages with both the poetic aspects and environmental stresses of the natural world. The landscape and, by extension, the Anthropocene is examined through walking, mapping, collecting and transforming materials.
Human intuition and organic matter is explored through the physical act of walking and collecting. At times the materiality of the collected perishable material is transformed. The relationship between the body and the land is examined through themes of reciprocity, transience, ephemerality and the fragility of existence. She has worked with a botanist from the National Herbarium to explore this imbalance in the Australian ecosystem. Babette is currently undertaking her Masters of Fine Art at the National Art School through the Clitheroe Foundation scholarship.
Babette recognises the importance of acknowledging that the degradation of the Australian landscape is a function of the failure to recognise Indigenous custodianship of the land since colonisation. She pays respect to custodians and elders past, present and emerging and hopes that in the future, their judicious land management methods will be acknowledged and implemented.
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