Valdene Diprose, Work from the Wilkinsons, 2015, Stained and frottaged canvasses, Dimensions variable, uniVARS Program | University of Western Australia. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

The stained and frottaged canvasses were made on a 35 acre site, the Wilkinson’s block at Nichols Point, in September 2015. The tracings index and document objects and durational events. While these traces have a physical presence they, paradoxically, also have a temporal remoteness.

Over a three week period, daily activities have been recorded on a long canvas. The collaborative marks embody a visual timeline, documenting machinery and workers traversing the rows and tending to the vines. They attest to the daily patterns and rhythms that connect a horticultural community to country.

Other canvasses are stained by direct contact with objects – dip tins, a hundred year Thompson vine, soil, posts and wires. These works tell how surface and materiality changes over time. They evoke the stories and memories, giving a groundedness that allows a particular space to become place.

Valdene Diprose, Work from the Wilkinsons, 2015, Stained and frottaged canvasses, Dimensions variable, uniVARS Program | University of Western Australia. Photo: Fleur Ruddick

Valdene Diprose’s work examines the formation and transmission of memories borne from long-term personal relationships, and investigates how these memories are embedded in the materiality of objects that are affected by time and place. Her practice explores the role of the artist as facilitator, engineering parameters and circumstances that for allow materials and elements to impact upon each other, each work recording the circumstances of a particular interaction. In this process, Diprose is forced to accept the change nature of any marks made, and use them as a basis for further interventions. Diprose’s practice encompasses explorations of sculpture, drawing, painting and video, heavily informed by traditional printmaking concepts.

Valdene Diprose is an emerging visual artist whose work addresses notions of memory embedded in objects and places. She works in a variety of media underpinned by printmaking processes to record changes in matter that occur over time. In developing art that seeks to communicate the transient, ephemeral qualities of memory and matter, she produces site-specific works that record the present but also reference the past. In this work, Buckley to some extent acts as a facilitator, using the natural elements to make the marks that provide evidence of how people and matter interact in local environments.