If I made you a mountain is a new series of work by Shellaine Godbold which explores the relationship of self to place. Recently returned from a trip to her grandmothers’ home town in western Queensland, Shellaine has created a series of large scale drawings which are a deeply personal record of her connection to this area. While the work references elements of a known landscape the drawings are not easily identifiable landscapes. Mountains are divorced from their surrounds and float in a white space – a fragment of memory drawn out onto the paper. Subtle watercolour washes suggest not only rivers and streams but also blood vessels and veins.
‘(And) If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes.
— Agnès Varda
Image: If I made you a mountain you would fall down and tremble, 2015, Watercolour and pencil on paper, 72 x 118cm