NEW WORK BY LAUREN CARROLL HARRIS
New Ruins is the result of a residency at Melbourne’s Seventh Gallery, which shows nature in a state of terminal decline.
Painting on rescued waste timber, and in distinctly “unnatural” tones, New Ruins metaphorically used storms, clouds of air, dust and smoke and landscapes in various forms of flux and destruction to a find visual expression for the mood of anxiety related to global warming and human impacts on the planet. Images are fragmented or split across canvasses to invoke a sense of fear and loss as a result of man-made environmental catastrophes. In doing so, Carroll Harris asks how estrangement from nature can lead to estrangement from ourselves and each other.