23 FEB – 19 MAR 2011
'Indian Chamber' is an installation containing a 360 degree panoramic painting of the Jenolan Caves. This immersive work measures 11 metres in circumference, 3.6 metres in diameter and is 2.6 metres tall. Painted on the inside of a series of panels which form an enclosed circle, viewers access the work via a hinged door.
Recalling the Panorama entertainments of the 1800s, this extraordinary work explores the magical ability of painting to transport audiences from the physical limits of architectural space into an imagined world. A kind of natural room, the cave is both inside and outside. As the subject of this work it provides an inversion on 19th century panoramic wallpaper that wrapped natural vistas around domestic interiors, as well as being a reflexive pointer to the origins of painting itself. Adorned with crystal shawls, glistening flowstone, stalagmites, stalactites and a crystal basin floor, the Indian Chamber conjures the beauty of an Indian Palace yet it also functions as a backdrop for potential settings and scenarios in the mind of the audience.
Anna Kristensen achieved her Master of Fine Arts, Painting, from COFA in 2008. In 2009 she undertook a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and was Artist in Residence at the Sylvia Freedman Studio as part of the Bundanon Trust, where work on the panoramic painting began. Kristensen is in the collection of the Wollongong City Gallery as well as private collections in Australia, Berlin and Los Angeles.