Scholar and poet Lisa Gorton on 'The Universe Looks Down'

Leigh Scott Room, Level 1, Baillieu Library


Public talk

Scholar and poet, essayist and critic, Lisa Gorton will discuss the relationship between artist and poem inherent in the exhibition The Universe Looks Down, currently on display in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library. As Gorton writes, ‘Headlam has used the poem as a device for stepping back from her waiting canvas’.

Kristin Headlam’s exhibition The Universe Looks Downderives from a University commission of a suite of etchings by Kristin in response to the long narrative poem of the same name by eminent Australian poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe. As part of this major commission, the University Library acquired the sketchbooks, preliminary drawings and watercolours which evidence the conceptual development of the 64 etchings in the completed suite. These exploratory images, as well as the completed fine prints give a rare glimpse into the creative process Kristin entered into to complete this unique collaboration.

Free event. Further information and bookings.

Image: Like videos, the islands glided past, etching and aquatint, 2016/2017 [#23]. Rare Books, Special Collections, University of Melbourne