In Close, Coombes and Skinner present an exploration of opposites. Testing their perception of the world around them through shifting visual scale to the macro or abstracting details, these artists examine at close range the qualities – soft, hard, defined, undefined, strong, fragile, permanent and impermanent – of materials found in Nature.
Coombes and Skinner share a love of spontaneous, observational photography inspired by natural subjects. Fascinated with detail, texture, and movement, they are similarly compelled to find beauty in the everyday and to reach for the essence of ‘the thing’. Close explores, compares and contrasts these resonances in their practices.
Coombes creates delicate and intimate studies of her environment where her natural subjects animate, flow and spiral through the printed medium. Skinner has a tendency to explore geometry, pattern and texture with a focus on the impermanence of the landscape, particularly as it is revealed in eroding environments.
This exhibition explores Coombes’ and Skinner’s relationships with nature, through two individual perspectives, up close and personal.