Francesco Geronazzo's work at The Farm explores the fluidity of human experience in relation to the unvarying existence of the earth. When discussing the work, Geronazzo explains that, "Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) are found throughout the Margaret River region, and their sculptural forms delineate the landscape in a both ancient and very contemporary way. They form a perfect object through which to examine our relationship to the environment and the complexities of our co-existence."
Geronazzo goes on, "By recasting this ubiquitous landmark into other materials and in a distinct setting, we can explore the relationship we have with ourselves and with each other. The installation allows people to reflect by themselves or as a collective, on both the form and substance of this relationship, [prompting us to reconsider] our approach to the land."
I think we are all transiting through this world. The original and true local is the actual land upon which we live. By being aware and supporting our environment, we automatically support the whole community, and by doing that, then our lives can improve. I cast the roots and trunks of the Xanthorrhoea with silicon...to create a Greco-Roman temple for the locals, in which to contemplate and think about life. Art makes us think.
Francesco Geronazzo is an internationally renowned print artist who lives and works in Margaret River. Educated at the Treviso’s Artistic High School, Geronazzo completed a Masters degree in graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, where he also lectured in printmaking for two years.