This & That: Edward Burtynsky
The photographic work of Edward Burtynsky captures ‘nature transformed through industry’. Burtynsky’s work is an impassioned, heart-startling visual representation of our modern existence. An existence tied to a dilemma inherent in our desires to ‘have’ as well as the unceasing necessity to draw from natural resources for our survival. Burtynsky’s work creates an uneasy contradiction of visions of natural beauty marred by the industrialised processes of mankind.
Day to day it is a complex predicament as a designer to work consciously and responsibly with the limited material beauty produced by the planet being inevitably and continually transformed dramatically through industry. Burtynsky’s work captures this dialogue, the ‘uneasy contradiction’, so powerfully.
The richness of materiality, of texture, of pattern and of detail is perfectly paired with the work of Sydney-based jewellery designer, art director and illustrator Elke Kramer. An endless material exploration, Kramer’s work is innovatively crafted and impeccably detailed. Her collection Moonstruck Monsoon released at the end of 2013 is an ode to individuality, innovation and material beauty.