ARTIST PROFILE – Heather Leatham

Finding Place in Far East Gippsland

I would like to acknowledge the Traditional custodians and their ancestors on their unceded lands and waters across Australia on which I live and work, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

The action of walking in nature is the beginning of the creative process for my work. I walk with the aim of “Finding Place”. The work draws on my observational skills as an artist to bear witness, to human interactions with the land and nature.

One of the concepts of my work explores memories and themes of being a farmer’s daughter, from four generations of farmers in far East Gippsland. I return to sites in Far East Gippsland and walk boundary fences and tracks in an attempt to retrace and find the “place” of my childhood memories.

This current work is performative and explorative as I began to examine what actions or elements could lead to a reconnecting with “place”. As a ceramicist I am practicing letting go of the object and exploring the idea of “finding” and “being in place” by collecting materials such as rocks and clay, sound recordings and photography of my interactions with place.