Ghost Acres: Are You Seeing What I'm Seeing, Art and Design Gallery School of Creative Arts

Alison Dalwood (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


This research explores new parameters in painting to address specific environmental ecologies and the potential of the traditional media of painting to capture the materiality of ghost acres. The project addresses the material environment and the historical issue of the displaced consumption of resources in colonial times. This research is focused on exploring how the specific approach to the media adopted has the potential to act as a space of encounter for the viewer and catalyst for awareness and understanding of the environmental impacts of imperial trade. Ghost Acres investigates the potential of bringing environmental issues in into direct discourse with the two-dimensional media of painting through a re-imagining of romantic and colour-field painting. It explores associative readings of colour and our relationship to landscape and attempts to re-contextualise and transform romantic perception of landscape places and spaces to engender understanding about the relationship between the finite resources of the world, the colonial history of our exploitation of them and present issues which impact on the world’s environment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022


  • Painting, ecology, outsourced, art and ecology


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