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Land rites: new work by Tamara Dean

In photography on 28 June 2009 at 4:38 am

Tamara Dean, BaptismTamara Dean, Baptism

Our lives are measured in moments of ceremony, from baptism to funeral. In an increasingly secular world, these milestones take place outside the context of religion, yet our need for the ritual – and the shared sense of meaning it creates – remains.

Tamara Dean’s series Ritualism envisages these ceremonial moments in recognisably Australian landscapes, where she asks, “if bath can become baptism – if, on meditation, the mundane can take up meaning and repetition become ritual.”

Tamara Dean, The BrideTamara Dean, The Bride

In Dean’s photographs the landscape is not mere background. It is a space that, in its grandeur, creates the inspiration once reserved only for cathedrals.

Tamara Dean, Dust to DustTamara Dean, Dust to Dust

Ritualism is showing at the Charles Hewitt gallery, 355 South Dowling St, Darlinghurst, until 14 July.

Tamara Dean, The RiverTamara Dean, The River

Tamara Dean, AscendingTamara Dean, Ascending

Image details, from top:

Tamara Dean, Baptism 2009. Giclée print on archival photo rag. 76 x 102 cm. Limited edition of 8.

Tamara Dean, The Bride 2009. Giclée print on archival photo rag. 76 x 102 cm. Limited edition of 8.

Tamara Dean, Dust to Dust 2009. Giclée print on archival photo rag. 76 x 102 cm. Limited edition of 8.

Tamara Dean, The River 2009. Giclée print on archival photo rag. 76 x 102 cm. Limited edition of 8.

Tamara Dean, Ascending 2009. Giclée print on archival photo rag. 76 x 102 cm. Limited edition of 8.



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