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Dane Chisholm’s practice involves a mix of technology, techniques and media. Working between photography, printmaking and drawing, taking cues from majoring in printmaking at the Tasmanian School of Art. Completing studies in 2006, Dane has continued developing his practice being recognized through selection as a finalist in awards such as Tidal 2010, Burnie Print Prize 2011/2013, Bay of Fires Art Prize 2012 and receiving an Arts Tas Startup Grant in 2010. Dane lives in Beaumaris, located on the East Coast of Tasmania.
Black backgrounds with striking white complex line work, link together contrasting negative space. These drawings are a blend of automatic response to both the natural environment and an imagined sprawling line world created with interweaving pattern and form. Coming from a printmaking background at university, I sought out a print aesthetic with intimate scale and delicate material to produce drawings that stand strongly in their own right. Works sit juxtaposed with other drawings which is achieved by continuing a line from one sheet of paper or wood to the next. Inspiration can be taken from various sources of imagery and experience, typically scientific studies of nature, maps, patterns and using drafting techniques taught at high school also come into play. The physical act of drawing is a state of contemplation emptying the mind with little to no preconceived ideas of how a piece will start or finish.