Alexandra Sasse

Melbourne in particular is my playground perhaps because I feel it has grown up with me, and it continues to change so rapidly. I grew up in the (then) outer suburb of Templestowe. It was a tangle of orchards mixed with the rubble of new housing. The landscape of the Heidelberg school was all around me, but seared with new asphalt and industry. I hated to see it converted to suburbia. Reading Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness many years later he voiced my childhood anguish in a much more sophisticated way. But somehow those triple fronted brick veneers and pseudo-Greek mansions got under my skin. I find compositions now in that mixture of the jumble of urban life making some sort of compromise with nature. It’s important to me as that is how we live here in this place and it is constantly changing. Art needs to make sense of that, of how we connect our lives to our places. Alexandra Sasse