# 31829

ASHTON, Robert


$11,000.00 AUD

[Airey’s Inlet, VIC : the artist, 2021]. Handmade wooden box with slide lid measuring 385 x 435 x 25 mm, containing 12 original photogravures by Robert Ashton, titled lower left, editioned lower centre 4/9, signed lower right and dated 2021, colophon sheet signed and numbered by the artist, the photogravures each measuring approximately 205 x 245 mm (plate line), 340 x 380 mm (sheet), tissue guards. A fine set.

Sometimes we need to step back for a clearer perspective

The marks we make on the ground as we appropriate the land

for our human endeavours are transformed by the distant view

into something more elusive elusive and poetic

In this remarkable series of photographs, Ashton has used satellite technology to discover a sequence of aerial views where the land itself has been transformed by human activity into abstract works of art. What appear on paper to be marks from a paint brush or the etching burin, are actually the deeper marks on the landscape by tractors, roads, watercourses and agricultural cultivation. Unintentionally, these human endeavours result in reconstructing the landscape into new works of beauty, creations where it is difficult to say where nature ends and civilisation begins. The locations of the landscapes are enigmatically held within the titles, identified only by a series of longitude and latitudinal coordinates. Where they can be found across the earth’s surface will remain unidentified unless the curiosity of the viewer prompts them to pinpoint their location.