A wonderfully evocative quote from Jennifer Higgie’s latest book ‘The Other Side’, referencing ‘Oceanic States’, a term used by Freud to describe the mystical experiences of the preverbal stage of development. It is a fitting sentiment for this body of work, born from a holiday on Jerrinja Wandi Wandian Country, Lake Culburra.
‘Words fail to do justice to the mystical energy circulating through the landscape at the time when the evening sun sets to reveal the waiting moon. Thus I borrow the captivating vertical rhythm of the trees, to cinematically unfold the changing light on bush views that lead unfailingly through to the ocean. These delightfully framed moments of the landscape’s splendour draws me into a state of magnificent common energy, rendering in me a conscious calm where my beliefs and art befittingly merge’. Clare Brodie.