Aurelian by Peta Clancy

Peta Clancy’s photographic practice ventures away from two-dimensional limitations to embrace photography’s expanded fields, including interventions such as piercing, crumpling, creasing and embedding in wax.

Her art practice is influenced by the macrocosm—throwing a magnifying lens onto the surface, in both a literal and metaphorical sense, allows the detail of life to be viewed more intimately.

In this recent series of works, Clancy’s investigations into history, museological collections and the Victorian landscape have enabled her to piece together an evolving continuum of erasure, recovery, loss and memory. Clancy spent extensive time researching the entomology collection at Museums Victoria, studying now extinct and endangered species of butterflies and moths. She then travelled to the sites of extinction and collected soil samples which she used to create painterly backgrounds or environments on which to photograph the butterfly specimens.

Image: Out of Place 2, from the series Out of Place, 2014, archival pigment print, 66 x 82cm