Driving Palimpsest, 2014

Driving Palimpsest investigates the Australian pastime of off-road four-wheel driving. This activity provides the individual with a means of accessing a place, through which Williams adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to investigate the ways that humanity negotiates the natural features of the Australian outback.

A large-scale organic print was presented alongside a sculptural work, photographic and video work for Williams’ 2014 solo exhibition, Crafted Land. All of the works were the result of focussed development within the artist’s family property in the Blue Mountains. For Driving Palimpsest, Williams created a transfer print by driving a car over a length of white canvas; the dirt, grass and organic matter transferring onto the fabric. The resulting fabric functioned as an action based drawing that captures a transient human presence, recognisable by the familiar track marks created from a car.

 

Driving Palimpsest install view, 1.2x3.5m canvas with dirt and smudge marks, 2014

Driving Palimpsest detail, Bryden Williams, 2014. 1200x3500mm canvas with dirt and smudge marks.

Driving Palimpsest performance documentation, 1.2x3.5m canvas with dirt and smudge marks, 2014

Driving Palimpsest performance documentation, Bryden Williams, 2014.

Driving Palimpsest performance documentation, 1.2x3.5m canvas with dirt and smudge marks, 2014

Driving Palimpsest performance documentation, Bryden Williams, 2014. 

Driving Palimpsest install view, 1.2x3.5m canvas with dirt and smudge marks, 2014

Driving Palimpsest install view, Bryden Williams, 2014. 1200x3500mm canvas with dirt and marks transfer.