Jenny Crompton | Bloomtime
1 December – 20 December 2018
The rich coastal waters around the Bellarine Peninsula have witnessed the seasonal blooms occurring over millennia.
These organisms, referred to as phytoplankton or micro-algae, form the base of the food web upon which nearly all other marine organisms depend. Microscopic marine life and bloom events occurring in these waters go unseen, like spirits, responding to the seasons, climate change and the pressures this world is placing upon them. Their health and connections, affect the vitality for life on this coast.
The art of Jenny Crompton reflects her lifelong passion for the natural world and her concerns about growing pressures on the environment. Her fastidiously executed hanging sculptures appear both ancient and thoroughly invented. Her ideas come from long walks through the landscapes along the southern coast of Victoria, collecting natural materials to repurpose back in her studio.
Many of her works are large installations of multiple components that immerse the viewer in an ethereal world. She stages her work to occupy the space between the material and spiritual planes.
In ‘Bloomtime’ the viewer is reduced in scale to marvel at the micro species in this constructed undersea world.
Her work draws you into the fine process of their making. The materials are recognised but repurposed, to create various creatures that range from an almost accurate representation into pure abstraction. They however come from one voice and have a consistent language of pattern and construction, throughout their disparate forms.
Jenny won the 2016 Lorne Sculpture Biennale and her work is part of the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.