Kyle Walker, The Hardest Drought, 2015, Mixed media. Dimensions variable, uniVARS Program | College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

The Hardest Drought began as a meditation on Australia and America’s arid agricultural regions and is comprised of a proliferation of small non-objective sculptures. Most are inspired by the uncelebrated structures of regional locales, things like water tanks, grain silos and fences, and are made from various humble materials including acrylic on wood, metal, plastic, rubber and found objects. Like kire (to cut) from the Japanese art of ikebana, these forms are pruned to their essential elements and then presented together as a collection of quiet, anonymous and often strange artifacts.

Esther Anatolitis, Director Regional Arts Victoria. Kyle Walker, The Hardest Drought, 2015, Mixed media. Dimensions variable, uniVARS Program | College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Kyle is an art practitioner and researcher based in Sydney. Heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism and desert environs, his practice considers materiality and the existential through sculpture, photography and collage. He is currently an MFA candidate at UNSW Art and Design and is researching traditional Japanese aesthetics in contemporary art.

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