Exhibition statement – Alexandra Sasse
Melbourne in particular is my playground 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 the suburban architectural clutter of a rapidly changing city.
Landscape painting is a way of making sense of how we connect our lives to our places.