Amelia van der Laan, ‘Constellations’ 2021. Fineliner pen on paper, 15cm x 21cm (4 drawings), 21cm x 26cm (6 drawings), 30cm x 30cm (1 drawing). Image courtesy: the artist.  

Artist statement

Constellations is a series of drawings in fineliner pen based on various found objects. The objects were collected from around Gordon’s Bay over time, before being drawn, assigned symbols, mapped, and redrawn in a style inspired by old astronomical charts, with groups of spatially mapped objects imagined as symbolic constellations. The work explores an alternate way of mapping site and understanding place which, in a personal sense, involves the connectedness I feel in the process of walking, collecting, drawing, and making. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.