Terence Munday is a Tasmanian born artist. In 2007 he completed a Diploma of Arts, Crafts and Design at TAFE Tasmania. In 2009 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts and at the end of 2013 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts, both from the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian College of the Arts.
Like many, I used to view the landscape as a constant that needed no investigation. It was viewed as something to be traversed if one wanted to get somewhere else. A chance encounter with the work of Ansell Adams literally changed my life. It made me actually see the detail and it has been the ongoing study of this detail that has provided me with the composure and contentment to negotiate the instability of our times.
I have created the work contained in this exhibition in the hope that the viewer will not only see the big picture, but will become immersed in the detail contained therein. To this end, all the work has been made at night. This eliminates distractions such as cloud structure and provides the negative space required to highlight the detail illuminated in the work. -Terence Munday, 2018
My practise investigates visual strategies for the photographic representation of natural phenomena. It seeks to re-sensitise the viewer to the significance of these phenomena through focusing attention on the detail and nuance displayed by local natural events. Currently my efforts are confined to a minimal number of sites to enable more detailed observation of variables that impact upon watery surfaces. In addition to available light, the aesthetic is also modified by wind speed and direction, tidal variation, river flow, time of day, cloud density, variation in swell pattern and the constant of local topography.
Ronald Hepburn describes how the modern artist has moved away from original concerns with the imitation and representation of the natural environment, to the creation of new objects that may be contemplated in their own right, and are more expressive of the inner landscape of the human psyche. My practise places an emphasis on returning to those original concerns with the imitation of nature, and at the same time, amplifies my subjective response through aesthetic choices involving framing, scale, and detail that is constantly modified by the passage of time. – Terence Munday