Bianca Hester is an artist, writer and educator engaged in place-based practice through artistic research. Her work investigates entanglements between colonial inheritance, extraction, environmental crisis, evolution and extinction evident within locations across the Australian continent. Employing relational feminist methodologies, she combines experimental fieldwork, engaging the geologic record (in archives and in situ), embodied site-writing, sculptural production, collaboration and performed actions to develop projects that unpack the material conditions of specific places, resulting in an expansive form of public art unfolding in dialogue with a range of interlocutors and participants.
Hester, B. 2020. Sandstone.
Hobart: A Published Event.
Sandstone is a book of creative non-fiction based upon situated encounters with Sydney Basin’s dominant geologic material. The writing explores sandstone’s liveliness through textual fragments that consider entanglements between mammalian and geologic life. Attention is placed upon dust, mining, gestation, archives, weather, social histories, breathing, evolution and extinction – amongst other events. These fragments explore the myriad geo-social histories ingrained in sandstone in the time of the Anthropocene to propose a practice-led form of situated geo-ethics.
Sandstone is part of the Lost Rocks series, a slow publishing library by A Published Event.
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