Dawn Roe – Goldfields

Words – Jerram Wurlod

Photos – J Forsyth

Dawn Roe – Goldfields, Screen Space, Ground Floor, 30 Gilford Lane, Melbourne CBD until July 21st.

I made my way down to Screen Space last Thursday for Dawn Roe’s Goldfields exhibition. I’m told this space is free for artists to exhibit their work and I was fortunate enough to meet program committee members Kyle and Simone. Their friendly, warm reception only added to the fantastic space they have helped create on Gilford Lane. The gallery covers two floors but on Thursday we were on the first floor that specializes in screen-based art. With a background in Cinema I’m hoping to cover more of this and I’m glad to say Roe’s work did not disappoint.

The exhibition has you standing in a spacious room with large screens to the front and immediately left and right of you creating an amazing level of depth and dimension. You really feel immersed and almost submerged as you examine the natural bush settings Roe has captured. The footage has incredible definition between the darkness of branches and bleak sky in the background. Particularly immersive is the footage of a small pool of water, which initially seems static until you notice small drops and subtle plant movements. You almost feel the wind blowing between the static and still objects, nature, with all its fragility and strength in beautiful harmony.