Cicada dance lines

Margaret Leddin (Artist)

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Marg Leddin
Cicada Dance Lines, 2018
Photogram 600 x 650mm
Cicada Mandala with Chris’s Gum Leaf Collection from Osborne Flat

These cicada photograms explore the catastrophic north east bushfires over the last decade. The series depicts shells with various native flora collected around Albury/Wodonga and north east Victorian fire areas. Most cicada shells were found in fire areas in late summer following the fires.
The cicada's mysterious ability to regenerate in abundance after bushfires and memories of insects perfectly synchronised, dancing above the horizon in the bush environment of my childhood in the upper Murray inspired these photograms.
A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera. The cicada shells and native flora were placed directly onto the surface of photographic paper and exposed to light in the darkroom. Variations of transparency in different objects often revealed unfamiliar and unexpected tonal silhouettes. I love this unpredictable quality of the photogram. The cicada photograms are a celebration of nature, and its noise in the Anthropocene. I hope they will bring some joy and happiness to the beholder.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWagga Wagga, NSW
PublisherCharles Sturt University
Media of outputOnline
SizePhotogram 600 x 650mm
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2020
EventListening in the Anthropocene Exhibition and Symposium 2020: Part of the Creative Practice Circle - Online, Australia
Duration: 27 Aug 202028 Aug 2020 (program)


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