Suburban Geometric is a series of photographic images which reflect on our relationship with a rapidly expanding built environment on the fringe of Melbourne. Dianna’s previous work explored the change to the environment from pastoral land to urban development. Her primary interest in these photographs as been the dominance of architectural design in developer-driven communities such as Craigieburn and Caroline Springs.
Suburban Geometric takes documentary photography into the hyper-real. It pushes back conceptually and aesthetically at fashion-focused architectural magazine photography where perfection and beauty is used to accentuate the power and place of the architectural form over everything else. Geometric patterning and textures dominate the compositions. Civic facilities such as sports and shopping centres appear on the horizon in the form of supersized hexagons. Oblongs are shaped in turf and stripes rise from a mown paddock. Although there is an absence of people in the images, they have left their trace in the awkward placement of objects and marks cut or imposed on the ground.
This body of work explores the artificial replacement on our landscape and searches for disorderly abstractions within the symmetry, imperfections in the cladding and the human touch upon the ground.
Dianna Wells is a Melbourne-based photographic artist. Wells began her photographic practice five years ago, building on her background in printmaking and a long and successful career in graphic design. She has a Masters in Fine Art from Monash University in Photomedia. Suburban Geometric is her second solo exhibition.
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
May - July 2014