Babette Robertson ‘I’d rather be a cyborg than a goddess’, 2019, found pigment and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 168 x 213 cm
“Footpath contains impressions of ecological and social footprints. Disrupting anthropocentrism, observing subtleties and contemplating our place, my works start with the body and with walking. The act of walking is a passageway into thought and contemplation. Rather than walking toward apparent manifestations of human production, such as urban infrastructure and digital engineering, my decision is to walk away from such stimuli.
I am not under the illusion that I can “walk out” of the Anthropocene; by entering a place that is less recognisably altered by humans, I begin to perceive the effect of human activity on less visible yet vital elements, such as air, water, vegetation and geology. Human inscriptions are brought into relief; for instance, the effects of a drought or a trodden down track. I respond with some sense of agency by finding a specific detail to keep communication alive, for example, a bone or stick that is transformed into an artwork back in the studio. By walking away from the ‘social centre,’ I travel in and out of defined areas; crossing a concrete road in the middle of bushland or working from a canoe to observe the erosion on a riverbank.”
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