Monday 8 February – Sunday 2 May

Mildura Arts Centre
Gallery 5

Soundscape and Landscape

Christine Johnson

an installation by Christine Johnson inspired by The Troopships of Anzac, a poem by Eileen Ramsay, née Couve
Visual artist: Christine Johnson
Sound artist: Angus Craig

Listen to exhibition introduction from Christine Johnson here >
Soundscape and Landscape is a contemplation of an aspect of the life of Mallee botanist Eileen Ramsay; of the grief and loss she is said to have experienced when her two brothers, Alan and Tom were both killed at Gallipoli in 1915. In the poem she imagines soldiers on the voyage from Albany, Western Australia, bound for Anzac Cove.
Every Anzac Day, Eileen Ramsay was known to retreat to the bush, to seek solitude and to remember her brothers. She wrote The Troopships of Anzac while living in Red Cliffs, where her family moved after World War I.
Soundscape – Christine Johnson and Angus Craig
The soundscape begins before dawn along the banks of the Murray at Red Cliffs, a place Eileen may have sometimes visited on Anzac Day to listen to early morning birdsong and to see the sunrise.
Landscape – by Christine Johnson
Two landscapes, Coastline, Gallipoli, Turkey, and Riverbank, Red Cliffs, Victoria hang opposite one another. At first, the images appear to closely resemble each other; in fact, they are depictions of locations on opposite sides of the world.

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Image left: Coastline, Gallipoli, Turkey (detail)Archival pigment print, edition: 1 of 3, 2021.
Image right: Christine Johnson, Riverbank, Red Cliffs, Victoria (detail)Archival pigment print, edition: 1 of 3, 2021.