New Beauty

An Extract from Kerrie Leishman, The New Beauty?, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Saturday 31 March to Sunday 13 May, 2012 - Not to be Missed!

Changes to the landscape have been occurring since European colonisation.

Wind turbines create a new visual register.  They are challenging to paint in the landscape because they have a border around them, it is hard to get a sense of space and proportion. They create a new aesthetics which challenges our usual idea of landscape.

The first reaction to wind turbines is usually negative. To appreciate the new beauty you have to have in every sense a big picture. You have to appreciate what is changing visually, and also what is being achieved by the wind turbines as generators of natural power....