Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Coming up for Breath 2021

Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, Nowra NSW

6 February – 6 March 2020

Lizzie Buckmaster Dove swims daily laps in her local sea pool. Excavated from the rock platform, the pool belies appearances: it is manmade but has become part of the natural landscape, hinged between land and sea.

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Lizzie Buckmaster Dove swims daily laps in her local sea pool. Excavated from the rock platform, the pool belies appearances: it is manmade but has become part of the natural landscape, hinged between land and sea.

Swimming laps situates the body in this hinterland geography. The body moves up and down the length of the pool, gesturally mark making and mapping. Contemplating labour, breath and being, the work manifests a space separate from the unrelenting narrative of the news cycle, feeding us minute by minute updates of bush fire, flood, pandemic, political one-upmanship; catastrophe.

Over and over the artist returns, mirroring the tide that sometimes consumes the pool, to enter a liminal world. Swimming back to breath and self; swimming self into place.

Coming Up For Breath is a response to the year that was 2020.

The artist invites you to step into this liminal world. She asks that you get comfortable and stay a while; to find your own breath.

This work was made with the generosity and expertise of Emma Rutherford and Alexis Destoop.