Scholar and Poet Lisa Gorton on 'The Universe Looks Down'
Free Public Lecture
Leigh Scott Room, Level 1
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Scholar and poet, essayist and critic, Lisa Gorton will discuss the relationship between artist and poem inherent in the exhibition 'The Universe Looks Down', currently on display in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Libary. As Gorton writes, ‘Headlam has used the poem as a device for stepping back from her waiting canvas’.
Kristin Headlam’s exhibition 'The Universe Looks Down' derives from a University commission of a suite of etchings by Kristin in response to the long narrative poem of the same name by eminent Australian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe. As part of this major commission, the University Library acquired the sketchbooks, preliminary drawings and watercolours which evidence the conceptual development of the 64 etchings in the completed suite. These exploratory images, as well as the completed fine prints give a rare glimpse into the creative process Kristin entered into to complete this unique collaboration.
Lisa Gorton’s first poetry collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; her second, Hotel Hyperion, was awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal. She is the author of the novel The Life of Houses, published by Giramondo.