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Jan Learmonth, Once was a beach #4, 2008, sand, metal, wood, & found objects, dimensions various



24 February – 4 April 2009

Over 470 million years ago the inland desert sands of the Tanamai were almost underwater. Around the time of the emergence of the fishes, they formed a coastline or beach.

Learmonth has created a series of small scale sculptural pieces in response to her recent stay at New Haven, a Wildlife Conservancy managed property at the edge of the Tanamai Desert. The works  incorporate organic elements found in that place like seed pods and insect galls, native woods and stones, and the skeletal remains of animals and birds.

The upturned or stranded vessel is a recurring water motif that creates a sense of the intensity of the landscape and the precarious nature of our relation to land.

Born in Naracoorte in South Australia, Learmonth studied at the National Gallery School of Art (VCA) and has been a practising sculptor since the late 1960’s. She has held many solo and group exhibitions in Victoria and New South Wales and is currently part of Walk which is on  National Tour until 2009.
Award exhibitions include the Australian Sculpture Triennial, 1990 and 1993; Becton National Sculpture Exhibition, 2000; Central Goldfields Sculpture Prize, 2002; Terra Firma – Yarra Sculpture Trail, 2002; the Waterhouse Natural History Prize, 2003; City of Banyule Award, 2003; Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, 2004; Fleming Muntz Art Prize, 2004 and the Montalto Sculpture Prize, 2007.
Collections include the LaTrobe Regional Gallery; Deakin University; Albury Regional Art Gallery and the Gold Coast Art Gallery, Queensland and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and the USA.

Jan Learmonth is represented by Gallery 101, Melbourne.