The Inhalare/ breathe upon project has been quite a journey, and now it’s all come together in an exhibition in Coonabarabran!  

Inhalare/breathe upon is the brainchild of Kim V. Goldsmith. In Goldsmith’s words, the project aims to ‘transform familiar landscapes into unfamiliar territories, allowing those who encounter Inhalare works to be transported without the need to travel. In stages, 12 regionally-based artists of N.S.W. have explored natural environments close to home to develop soundscapes, writings and visual responses capturing deep connections and hidden layers, allowing our imaginations to explore those environments that sustain us during times of restricted movement. The exhibition is designed to provide an immersive experience to everyone through multiple points of connection.’

Go to to read more about the exhibition, and for a sample of the sound environments which provided the inspiration for the visual response pieces.  The etching that I made for the project was in response to a sound and text piece by Little Forest artist Danja Derkenne. Titled ‘Chronos’, Derkenne’s  piece documented the regeneration of local bush after the devastating ‘black summer’ bushfires. My work, titled ‘Kairos’ (2022, aluminium etching, 22 x 15 cm) responds to that vibrant soundscape, depicting a lush environment, a creek bed perhaps. At the same time, dramatic contrasts and complex mark making were intended to convey a note of gravity. As the ‘black summer’ fires showed us, the future of such environments is precarious. The title of the etching, ‘Kairos’ – from  Ancient Greek – suggests that we are at a turning point. It means ‘the right, critical or opportune moment’.

Participating ‘Inhalare’ artists are Andrew Hull (Bourke), Jason Richardson (Leeton), Danja Derkenne (Little Forest), Dr Greg Pritchard (Wagga Wagga), Anna Glynn (Jaspers Brush), Kim V. Goldsmith (Dubbo), Vicki Luke (Albury), Carol Archer (Bulahdelah), Amanda Donohue (Lake Macquarie), Clementine Belle McIntosh (Gilgandra), Libby Wakefield (Bowral) and Evelyn Alvarez (Coonabarabran).

‘Inhalare/breathe upon’ has been supported by the NSW Government through a Create NSW Covid Development Grant, the Australian Cultural Fund, and a CTA Experience Marketing Campaign Grant provided by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative. Additional project and exhibition support has been provided by Orana Arts, ecoPULSE and SPACE.

The banner and publicity graphics in this post are all by Kim V. Goldsmith, as was the video of the opening event.

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