Caroline Durre 1994-95

Caroline currently works in Monash University's Faculty of Art and Design as their lecturer in printmaking and coordinator of their printmaking studio.

Her work has been exhibited at eleven solo and more than thirty group exhibitions, and is represented at the National Gallery of Australia and in several state gallery collections.

Caroline travelled to Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division's Humanities program in 1995.

Antarctic impression

I took lithographic plates and drawing materials to the Antarctic. I worked with these on the spot and out of doors, in the locations that are depicted in these prints. On returning to Australia, with the collaboration of the lithographer Peter Lancaster, I processed and printed the plates. Working conditions in the south can be challenging, but I had before me the example of Bill Wilson, the doctor and ornithologist who accompanied Scott on his final journey, and died with him. His drawings of mountain panoramas made during the ascent of the Beardmore Glacier in extreme conditions are an inspiration in their sensitivity and accuracy.

In travelling to Antarctica I was particularly interested in finding the places where there is a visible contrast between the natural environment and the impact of human settlement. We cannot know this land, which we call 'wilderness', without being cushioned by highly-developed technologies. The experience of going to Antarctica has had a deep effect on my practice as an artist. I was challenged to think of the ways that an artist could respond to an overwhelming environment and bring the idea of wilderness into play with other ideas that are central to modern life: ideas of science, of technology, and of the different ways that knowledge can be represented.