Artist Statement – July 2022

“Tree Creatures”Arboreal Narratives, 2022, Bankstown Art Centre

Acknowledging trees integral interactions with terrain; 

A seed falls to earth, is washed by rain or dropped by a bird, cast by the wind, and spreads roots into earth /rock crevices, even rooftops, so establishing its tenuous germination to survive.

In journeying landscape Farquharson is drawn to local colour, texture and curious elements of place, so utilising it to create sculptural Tree Creatures with “found“ tree elements.

Gathering in various bush, coastal and local landscapes, Farquharson has engaged with these natural elements from trees; (feathers, seed pods, twigs, sea kelp roots etc) bound and twined with found & natural fibres to articulate the various arboreal environments.

Acknowledging the interactive relationship between significant trees and the environment in which they grow, Farquharson seeks to identify the nature and impact of the substrata. Deriving both pigments and plant material from walks and explorations in site specific and significant natural environments, in creating a body of work comprised of arboreal narratives with found ‘twigs, tubers, feathers, native flowers, seed-pods, bark, leaves, roots & earths entwined to create whimsical TREE CREATURES

Amanda Farquharson, Creative Artist  2022


Short Biography
C.V. 2022 – Amanda Farquharson, Creative Artist

Graduating from UNSW with Drawing M.A. in 2014, after a 20 year career in the arts,  Amanda Farquharson has developed a creative and organic practice exploring landscape through disciplines of Sculpture and Drawing. 

Curious of unusual deposits and “found” elements in nature has led Farquharson to exploring & re-composing sculptural “Tree Creatures” through various traditional techniques of binding/ weaving/ twining. 

Her Works on Paper describe the literal and emotive landscape through folding and imprinting curious “found” elements with local pigment pours and plant based eco-dyes as “Paper-play”. 

Using this as a means of loosely and organically mapping country, when overdrawing with locally sourced & found ochres, stones, shells and stick or reed pens. 

Farquharson is an active member of the Tree Veneration Society– an artist collective, headed by Louise Fowler Smith- ex UNSW, and has engaged in numerous collaborative TVS exhibitions, events and sculptural installations 2013-2022

Exhibitions 
Annual Beams Festivals- Chippendale, 2013-2018
Tree Veneration Society collective- Glenaeon Annual 2018
Arboreal Narrative  2019- Grace Cossington Smith Gallery
Arboreal Narrative 2020- Sheffer Gallery 
Little Things Art Prize, finalist 2021- Saint Cloche
Beyond Human -Tree Veneration Society 2022 – Chrissie Cotter Gallery 

Performance 
in conjunction with Janet Laurence, “Requiem for Trees” Sydney Festival 2021
Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Spelling Seeds in Eucalyptusdom 

Workshops
Science in the Swamp- Centennial Park 
Science in the Park – Australian Botannical Gardens Sydney & Mount Annan  
Summerama- Bondi Pavillion 2018
National Tree Day- 2017, 2018, 2019 Bronte Gully


Artist Statement 2021

With a view to exploring local and significant terrains through “the walk”, Amanda Farquharson has drawn from the elements – utilising trees, earth, and found natural curiosities in these environments, to describe landscape and its histories in sculptures and works on paper.

Working within a multi-disciplinary practice including traditional & adapted techniques of weaving, twining, eco-dyeing, pigment pours, mixed media drawing, and sculptural works with “found in terrain” resources and tree elements, (earth, roots, twigs, barks, leaves, feathers, nests, eggs, etc.) to create organic sculptural works and paintings.

Acknowledging the interactive relationship between significant trees and the earth in which they grow, Farquharson also seeks to identify the nature and impact of the substrata. Deriving both pigments and plant material from walks and explorations in site-specific and significant natural environments in creating a body of work comprised of arboreal sculptures and bark/leaf/root pigmented works on paper, silk & linens.

Farquharson completed an MA in Fine Arts at UNSW A&D in 2014 to consolidate her diverse creative arts practice. Her career spanning 30 years, includes Mural painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Weaving, Painted finishes, Trompe l’oiel & Gilding. 

Farquharson has exhibited with the Tree Veneration Society in 

  • “Arboreal Narrative 2020” at Sheffer Gallery, Chippendale
  • “Arboreal Narrative 2019”  at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery 2019
  • “Beams Festivals” Chippendale 2014 – 2018

ALSO

  • Works on Paper”  Hazelhurst Gallery, Gymea 2016
  • “Walking with Trees” Kudos Gallery, Paddington 2013