1. A Common Thread
Oil on linen
91 x 91cm
$7,000

SOLD

LIMINAL

The mythologizing of the landscape
In this current suite of work, I contemplate the mythologizing of the landscape via combining images derived from my experience of the Tasmanian landscape with images of the winged goddess of Western tradition; an archetype that can be traced to the dawn of European cultures. To make sense of the wild, or that which falls beyond our control or area of comfort, people have from time immemorial populated it with imaginary beings and events. Whether to explain how the world came to be, to establish a foundation of identity for a particular group of people, for didactic, educational purposes or simply for the sake of entertainment, the mythologization of landscape is an intriguing practice.
The creation of myth and legend founded upon the landscape can perhaps be considered a way to establish ownership or a sense of belonging. By overlaying religious or spiritual constructs onto an environment, that place then becomes intimately interlaced with a culture’s, or even an individual’s, identity. Similarly, an invading people can claim belonging and ownership by disregarding or remaining ignorant of the mythos bestowed upon the land by the existing inhabitants, and re- imagining their own myths which become superimposed upon their new surroundings.
Coming from the Western tradition, the winged figure is clearly a construction of anthropomorphic form and ideals with a long, convoluted history. It’s fluid meaning and significance is here further extended by my overlaying another layer of symbol upon the winged figure. It essentially represents particular aspects of human endeavour and constructs. The landscape, on the other hand, offers the imagination more ambiguous sources to work with. Certainly, from my perspective, the landforms which capture the imagination become imbued with analogies and narratives which are more complex and removed from the urban constructs so familiar. This ambiguity has led me to create matched pairs in an effort to express the idea that there is no one approach to myth and narrative making; that every individual has their own perspective.
I have used colour with particular intent in these works. The red so dominant in the images brings focus to an element which captivated my attention in my travels in the Tasmanian landscape. It is used here as a colour of animism, of the dynamic, of the visceral, the living. It’s a symbol of the vey real and tangible sources which ferment and transform in the imagination. In contrast to this, the winged figure is accompanied by blue as a symbol of the celestial, the heavenly, the imagined beyond. They are also of white or gold. While white is often allied with purity in the Western tradition, I consider it here a blankness, a void which the viewer will fill with their own significance. Gold, similarly, is commonly analogous to the unchanging, the incorruptible. Here, I intend it to reflect the viewers preconceptions, whilst obscuring the figure’s true identity.
So, to summarise, I have produced a suite of works which are responses to places in the Tasmanian landscape – South Cape Bay, Mt Field and Ben Lomond predominantly. They are conversations with places of the sublime which transfixed my attention; my own unspoken narratives arising from them. Counterpoised with these works are the winged figures which are an echo of the Western traditions which I carry with me. They are a reminder that I am an outsider, a person who has imprinted their cultural construction onto the landscape. The two, despite their apparent irreconcilability, are not mutually exclusive and co-exist in a complex internal dialogue; in a liminal place on the edge of perception.

Jason Cordero 2018

2. An Incorruptible Position
Oil on linen
91 x 91cm
$7,000
3. Land's End, Sky's Beginning
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900

SOLD

4. After Waking, They Remained
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900
5. Horizon Inertupted
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900
6. The Intermediary
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900
7. The Red Bird's Observance
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900

SOLD

8. The Red Bird Alights
Oil on linen
61 x 102cm
$5,900
9. The Pursuit
Oil on linen
61 x 61cm
$3,800
10. Second Sight
Oil on linen
61 x 61cm
$3,800
11. No Resting on Her Laurels
Oil on linen
61 x 61cm
$3,800
12. No Need To Speak
Oil on linen
61 x 61cm
$3,800

SOLD

13. The Source
Oil on linen
25 x 30
$1,300
14. Their Presence Was Felt
Oil on linen
25 x 30
$1,300
15. The Other Side
Oil on linen
25 x 30
$1,300

SOLD

16. The Warmth of Knowing
Oil on linen
25 x 30
$1,300

SOLD

17. The One Who Reflects
Oil on linen
25 x 30
$1,300

SOLD