Fallowland is a body of work by Melbourne Artist Amy Wright, framing the premise that
for sustained growth there must be a period of laying fallow, a time where human management
is removed and the landscape is allowed to be reclaimed by the natural environment to recover
it’s nutrient rich makeup. These fallow landscapes often appear barren or untamed, with the
plant life growing there, deemed as weed and waste, and yet resurgence beneath the surface is
is structured and prolific.
The subjects that have inspired Fallowland are the quiet and forgotten border-scapes - the
cliff face or flank of a canal bank; the edge of land meeting ocean, and the
discarded and fallow lands of demolished construction. Colour is used as a narrative, where
the story is told of the dichotomy between the warm earth shades authentic to a natural terrain
and the intense pique of colour that attest to the flippancy of discarded human excess.
Wright draws creative direction from these unoccupied spaces, to present a series of
explorative abstract landscapes, in which she interprets the strata of the landscape into a
fluid mapping of colour, texture and contour. Reflected in the works is a gentle rhythm that
pushes the landscape to a precipice; a space between empty and full, where the viewer
looks upon a quiet and personal reverie.