Employing models and props, Zahalka’s working method resembles that of film production where storyboards and research notes set up the aims and parameters of each theme. Original reproductions of the Heidelberg School paintings are utilised to find similar locations and to reference colour and light. However, personal experience also plays a large part in offering new narratives.
Spanning 30 years, The Landscape Revisited brings together photomontages based on early Australian paintings from the Heidelberg School with new iterations of Modernist works by Drysdale and Nolan that rewrites colonial narratives, challenges stereotypes and constructs less Anglo-centric image of Australia.
The exhibition contains original prints from The Landscape Re-presented 1983-85 together with original collages, photomontages, source material and a collection of related items and objects that reference these historical landscape works.