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John Dahlsen

John Dahlsen Art

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Byron Bay NSW and
Darwin, Northern Territory 0810

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John Dahlsen Artist Statement. My environmental artwork is multi-disciplined, incorporating sculpture, assemblage, installation and painting, which was my main medium prior to working for over fifteen years with found objects, mainly beach found plastic litter. Thematically based on environmental issues, taking society's discarded everyday objects and transforming them into formal compositions. I am currently a PhD candidate at Charles Darwin University, where I am also lecturing in visual art. I have recently written two manuscripts; a mid-career memoir and a book titled ‘An artist’s guide to business and career success’. I am a public speaker and educator and I am passionate about developing support for marginalised artists by the art industry and by society during tough economic times. I also developed works using recycled plastic bags as the primary medium. “Blue River” is one of my most well known works using this medium. This work was a finalist in the 2003 Wynne prize at the Art Gallery of NSW Australia. My recycled plastic bag artwork is a departure from the more recognizable assemblage works in which I used plastics and other detritus collected from the Eastern seaboard, “Thong Totems” which won the Wynne Prize in 2000 being a good example. With this recycled plastic bag work, apart from wishing to express obvious environmental messages, I have been particularly interested in the brilliance of the colours and textures available to me in working with this medium. I have been engaged in a longstanding exploration of the coastal landscape with my creativity, examining the passage of time in the landscape and the place of mankind within it. The landscapes featured in my work are the very same places I have roamed over the years and collected detritus and materials for my assemblages and other works. I have used recycled materials to convey the history and memory of a place, to comment on the human experience of place, beauty, degradation of the environment and the inspiration possible with recycling through a positive aesthetic experience.

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