In the Distance

As the weather in Brisbane became cooler I travelled north to visit the Tablelands region, where my late father spent his idyllic school years. I hoped to capture the warmth and distant memories of the stories he told. The distinct environmental changes as I travelled inland from Cairns to the Tablelands were captivating. The landscape of the coast transformed into rainforest and brilliant red dirt in the farmlands around Yungaburra. While there, I created small studies working quickly to capture my response to each new location. Experiencing for the first time the surroundings my father once inhabited, I drew inspiration from them. I embedded these studies into my practice on my return to the studio and began my search for more landscapes close to home that generated the same comfort and connection experienced up north.

Julia Sirianni, January 2021