The exhibition explores the theme of place as the site of memories and the bonding that occurs between individuals and their environments. Real or imagined, physical or symbolic, coming from the past, the present, or the terrain that lies between, places are depicted in diverse geographical and temporal locations, sharing a visual language that runs through different printmaking processes from lithography, etching, aquatint, to relief and serigraphy.
Poetry of Place features, amongst others, the postwar creative print movement of sōsaku-hanga. This philosophy of total engagement enables artists to perform all aspects of production instead of consigning their designs to the carvers and printers employed by the publisher as was seen in the ukiyo-e movement used for much of the 17th to 19th centuries.
This lyrical journey reveals various interpretations of the sense of place and offers visitors diverse experiential perspectives based on the personal visions and practices of the exhibited artists. A selection of song lyrics and poetry excerpts that are meaningful to the artists can be heard throughout the exhibition.
Artists included are Margaret ASHMAN, Yuriko MIYOSHI, Sara BEAZLEY, Masato NAGAI, Eleanor HAVSTEEN-FRANKLIN, Miyuki OKAWA, Michael KENNEDY, Yasuyoshi TOKIDA, Ros MORLEY, Yoshie UCHIDA, Stephen MUMBERSON, Kanako WATANABE, Clare O HAGAN, Katsutoshi YUASA, and Denise WYLLIE.