Amanda Williams: The Alpine Moth
Royal Botanic Gardens (near cnr Albert and Domain roads), February 2021 to present
About the artwork
This project is inspired by resting sites of the Bogong moth (aka the Alpine moth) in Victoria’s North East Alpine Region. Due to climate change and urban development along their migration route, moth numbers have been declining drastically. Williams sees the moth’s fate as an allegory of the times we live in.
Alpine Moth was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.
Photography by James Henry
About the artist
Amanda Williams is a Sydney-based artist who works with analogue photographic techniques to examine connections between the history of photography and physical environments. Tied to explorations of place and imbued with a feminist focus, Williams’ practice takes shape through the use of 35mm, medium and large format film cameras. Where digital processes often grapple with questions around ‘the virtual’, the more traditional photographic methods employed by Williams afford her work the presence of a ‘real’ historical document.
Exhibiting extensively in galleries and spaces across Australia and New Zealand, Williams’ accolades include being a finalist in numerous awards, and receiving the $30,000 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize awarded by Murray Art Museum Albury in 2018.