Last dreams (or nightmares of the Holiday House)

Samantha Burns
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
May
   
12
 -  
May
   
23
Sydney’s obsession with Real – Estate has cast aside the characters that gave us our holidays. Forgotten and neglected, the land sadly now being of more value.

INFORMATION

These little houses have tolerated architectural ridicule, sandy slumping mattresses, jugs of cordial, sunny boys in the freezer. Three generations, perhaps four, laughing and giggling whilst knocking over jigsaw puzzles. But these are the last dreams (or nightmares) of the Holiday House.

Nostalgia drifts in and out, blinding us from the harsh ugliness and utilitarian design of these little temporary homes. Yet they all possess a satisfying neatness and form, resulting in a calming effect. No one notices the houses anymore as they are too bust scrutinising the land, the value the new dream. Houses no longer create calmness but chaos.

These simple dwellings create a harmonic collection together visually.

Artist Bio: Samantha is a Sydney based photographer and designer. Her work enjoys exploring perceptions of beauty in form. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) in 2001. She was an official photographer for Sculpture By the Sea (Bondi) exhibition for 8 years, featuring in their 15th Anniversary Publication and catalogue cover. She won the Yellow Pages “Capture the Cover” (2013) Competition for the St George and Sutherland region. In 2012 Samantha was featured in the top 50 landscape images for the Better Photography Magazine “Photographer of the Year” (Silver Grading). In 2011 she was a semi finalist in the Moran Portrait Prize and also a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Photographic Landscape prize. (2011)

These little houses have tolerated architectural ridicule, sandy slumping mattresses, jugs of cordial, sunny boys in the freezer. Three generations, perhaps four, laughing and giggling whilst knocking over jigsaw puzzles. But these are the last dreams (or nightmares) of the Holiday House.

Nostalgia drifts in and out, blinding us from the harsh ugliness and utilitarian design of these little temporary homes. Yet they all possess a satisfying neatness and form, resulting in a calming effect. No one notices the houses anymore as they are too bust scrutinising the land, the value the new dream. Houses no longer create calmness but chaos.

These simple dwellings create a harmonic collection together visually.

Artist Bio: Samantha is a Sydney based photographer and designer. Her work enjoys exploring perceptions of beauty in form. She graduated from Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) in 2001. She was an official photographer for Sculpture By the Sea (Bondi) exhibition for 8 years, featuring in their 15th Anniversary Publication and catalogue cover. She won the Yellow Pages “Capture the Cover” (2013) Competition for the St George and Sutherland region. In 2012 Samantha was featured in the top 50 landscape images for the Better Photography Magazine “Photographer of the Year” (Silver Grading). In 2011 she was a semi finalist in the Moran Portrait Prize and also a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Photographic Landscape prize. (2011)

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