In this exhibition of new drawings, Morgan Simpson views the appearance of foreign elements around Melbourne’s waterways as clues toward uncovering synthetic histories. The banks of the Yarra are over-run with non-native flora and fauna, and marked with signs of urban interference. Industrial membranes shelter and bind growing trees while, as Simpson notes, ‘discarded plastic stories from the drains lie in the memory of the river. These foreign bodies create strange new landscapes and narratives over the past, as cycles and systems are altered and interrupted.’ Working with acrylic, charcoal and pencil on paper, Simpson carefully abstracts these mini-ecologies into detailed compositions of restrained form and delicate line.
Morgan Simpson studied animation and interactive multimedia at RMIT and VCA, and has worked as an animator for ABC Film and SBS. He has previously held several solo exhibitions of drawings in Perth; this is his first in Melbourne.