Maria Buchner 2001-02
Maria Buchner was born in Germany and studied sculpture and painting in Vancouver, Munich, Hamburg and Sydney.
Maria's poetic work engages a wide range of media and depicts themes of nature, wilderness and civilization. Major projects have included gilding a desert creek bed, building a house from bones and a boat from feathers.
Since travelling to Antarctica in the 2001/02 season Maria has produced many Antarctic related artworks, paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, sculptures, some of which you can see below. The works have been exhibited at -
2007 Belle Arte, Lamia, Greece
2005 Art for Action, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney, Australia
2003 Informé, Australian Embassy, Paris, France
Australia Centre, Berlin, Germany
Impressions of Antarctica, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
2002 Natur und Mensch, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany
How magnificently wild and beautiful Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are… beyond imagination… the luminous sky, the evanescent sea, the sense of time and timelessness, snow falling in fine grains… and humans seem quite insignificant, a humbling experience, I still carry it in my heart.
And standing in the icy desert it is hard to believe that millions of years ago it was all covered with forests...
My trip has made me very aware of the fragility of the Antarctic environment, the seas around it, and how easily this can be damaged. I hope for the benefit of future generations that Antarctica's haunting beauty will stay…wild.
To view other works of Maria, including the "Stream of Gold" mentioned above, please visit http://www.maria-buchner.com