Presentasi Seniman Residensi: Thomas Breakwell

Presentasi-Thomas-Breakwell

Thomas Breakwell adalah seniman kelahiran Melbourne, pada tahun 2010 mendapatkan gelar sarjana Fine Arts in Photography di RMIT University. Pameran yang diikuti diantaranya di Sydney dan Melboune; CCP Documentary Photography Awards (pameran keliling berskala nasional dari 2011 – 2013) dan mengadakan pameran tunggal tahun 2012 “New Frontier” di Seventh Gallery, Melbourne dan “Squats”Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2011. Untuk seri foto “Squats” dia mendapatkan penghargaan di CCP Documentary Photography Award.

Thomas memiliki gagasan dengan manusia dan alam sekitarnya dan bekerja dalam beberapa isu tentang bagaimana manusia berelasi dengan lingkungan dimana ia tinggal seperti, perkotaan dan segala isinya dan secara visual kita akan bersentuhan dengan pemandangan alamiah yang didalamnya terdapat pepohonan, tumbuhan, binatang dan potret manusia dan segala komponen yang ada di bumi.

Selama bulan Mei hingga Juni 2012 Thomas menjalani residensi di Jogjakarta, yang dikelola oleh Ruang MES 56.

Peryataan Seniman:
Foto-foto yag saya tampilkan merupakan kumpulan dari seleksi karya saya. Foto pemandangan berjudul “Squats” diambil di pinggriran timur Melbourne menggunakan metode campuran digital dan analog untuk membuat lanskap deskriptif lingkungan yang diciptakan manusia di alamnya. Karya ini menangkap realitas yang keras namun sederhana dari pinggiran Melbourne.

Sebagian besar foto-foto yang diambil di Australia, memperlihatkan lanskap alam dan saya berpikir bahwa sisi alamiah terdalam saya terwakili lewat lanskap-lanskap tersebut. Saya juga menikmati memotret manusia dan mengeluarkan aspek tersembunyi dari kepribadian dan realitas saya. Sebagian besar potret saya menampilkan alam liar Australia, yang menghubungkan jalinan kuat saya dengan alam, dan bagaimana manusia berinteraksi dengan alam sekitar.

Thomas Breakwell is a Melbourne based artist and achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at RMIT University in 2010. He exhibited in several group exhibition in Sydney and Melbourne; CCP Documentary Photography Awards (national touring exhibition from 2011 – 2013) and held a solo exhibition “New Frontier” at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 and “Squats”Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2011. The series “Squats” awarded for CCP Documentary Photography Award.

Thomas approached the notion with people and the environment and worked in various issues of how people relate to their environment such city scape and its apparatus and visually, once in a while you will notice a natural experience physical world including woodland, plants, animals, human portraits and others features of the earth. For several project he prefer to use medium format camera.

During May – June 2012 Thomas working on an artist residency program in Yogyakarta, managed by Ruang MES 56.

Artist Statement:
The photographs I have included in my entry show a broad selection of my work. The landscape photos entitled squats were taken in the outer eastern suburbs of melbourne using a mixture of analogue and digital methods to make them descriptive landscapes of human created environments within a natural environment. They capture the harsh yet simplistic realities of Melbourne’s outer fringe.

Whilst the majority of my photos are taken in Australia, I generally like to shoot landscapes and I think that my inner conservationist is exposed through my landscapes. I also enjoy taking portraits and exposing hidden facets of my subjects personalities and realities. Most of my portraits feature the Australian wilderness or landscape in some form, this goes back to my strong connection with the natural environment and how we, as people interact with it.

http://www.thomasbreakwell.com