Abstruse terms and general uncertainties explores an underwater rock formation that lies off the coast of the western most island of Japan, where the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea meet. Izabela Pluta's interest is in the allegorical potential of this 'anomaly' and its ability to prompt archaeologists and scientists to speculate on whether it is a natural form or cultural artefact. This work lies within her broader exploration around temporality, mutability and the impermanence of places - exploring the seas as a site of change. The work draws on her own experience of this site, which in itself can be described as an anomaly. The work comprises a set of 8 photographs that reflect on how material forms come together and subsequently come apart.
Pluta embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the role of images in our lives. She describes her processes of finding, fragmenting and reconfiguring as 'gleaning' - as a 'poetic scavenging'. Central to her work is the notion of an expanded photographic materiality which sees her work across murals, re-photographed photographs, collages, video, artists' books, found paraphernalia and discarded objects from the natural world. Conceptually anchored in the effects of globalisation and Pluta's experience as a migrant to Australia, her work articulates a fluid mode of being in the world.
Press release courtesy This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein.