Christl Berg

Christl has lived in Tasmania since 1984. She was awarded a PhD in 2004 from the University of Tasmania where she lectured between 1990 and 2010. Christ’s art practice has over the past years focused on her sense of place in Tasmania, using photo media to explore bush, suburban and urban locations. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1989 and is held in public collections in the National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Artbank, University of Western Sydney, Canberra University, ANU, and UTAS.


It would seem, then, that it is through their “immensity” that these two kinds of space – the space of intimacy and world space – blend. When human solitude deepens, then the two immensities touch and become identical. … In this coexistentialism every object invested with intimate space becomes the centre of all space. For each object, distance is the present, the horizon exists as much as the centre.

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space, 1994 edition, p. 203

Afterglow holds memories of a journey, made in 2007 into parts of the Central Australian Desert. The trip provided me with my first encounter with that extraordinary vastness of land and sky that simultaneously can evoke feelings of awe and connectedness. I considered myself on a pilgrimage to an old, deep and unfathomable part of the planet.

The series Intimations of Vastness and the images of Residue are physical traces of remnants of a variety of arid-land plants. As images they have become an assortment of mnemonic devices, containing spaces and times. They are inverted landscapes, intimate universes. They also remind me of the tactility of materials and where artefacts may originate. They are my humble homage to the original people of the country and their extraordinary art.

Christl Berg, 2008