Image above: Karena Goldfinch, Unique state botanical print. 2022, botanical print.

Image below: Bridget Nicholson, Journey. 2003-2012, rusted steel boat with copper weavings and clay shoes.

Solastalgia & tomorrow

In 2007, Professor Glenn Albrecht proposed the word solastalgia to enable understanding of environmentally induced distress. The word is derived from both solace and nostalgia recognised as being critical components in an emotional response to dramatic change in the environment, landscape, and home.

Now in 2022, this concept is far more broadly understood and Albrecht himself has moved on to recognising the need to think imaginatively of our future. In this show works came together from 2009 through to 2022 that vibrated with humanness, expressing a desire to be part of a greater world.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that some pieces may contain the image or voices of people now passed and resting in the Dreaming.

Belinda Broughton, Rosalind Crisp, Karena Goldfinch, Linda Knight, Pip McManus, Bridget Nicholson, Gaye Shield and Michael Shirrefs.

Creative Producer, Bridget Nicholson.

Exhibition Details
Where: CLIMARTE Gallery, 120 Bridge Rd, Richmond
When: 12 September – 1 October 2022

Public Events
Solastalgia & tomorrow Opening Event – 14 September 2022
Rosalind Crisp performed live for the opening of Solastalgia & tomorrow at CLIMARTE Gallery.
For a video of her performance, click here

Solastalgia & tomorrow Closing Event – 1 October 2022
On the final day of Solastalgia & tomorrow, five of the seven artists involved in the exhibition – including Belinda Broughton, Karena Goldfinch, Linda Knight, Bridget Nicholson, and Michael Shirrefs – discussed their work and their feelings about solastalgia. The artists utilised different mediums and talked about this; Michael – sound; Belinda – poetry and drawing; Karena – botanical printing and birds; Linda – drawing and ideas of mapping; Bridget – clay, felt and the body. It was an informal conversation, a time to ask questions, to probe and prod the artists and to enjoy the fine art of conversation.
For the event details and recording of the discussion, click here


Solastalgia & tomorrow Works List pdf >

Solastalgia & tomorrow Artist Statements pdf >

Solastalgia & Tomorrow Opening Event

Photographed by Julian Meehan.