The Allure of the Borders
22 April 2017
Preparing my suitcase for my trip to Sidney Nolan Trust and wondering what to pack and what to leave behind. I’m sure Sidney Nolan was under the same bafflement when he wrote: “to make sure that one is reduced to the essentials and the only baggage that one is allowed to travel is style”. I’m already excited and fascinated with the idea of spending some days at Sidney Nolan’s place where the artist lived and created most of his artwork.
My preliminary visit to the Rodd reassured that I’m heading to the quintessential English countryside. Almost England, since the Rodd is exactly on the border of England and Wales. I was wondering what made Nolan choose this area for his permanent address? Was his Australian identity something that made him more comfortable to live in-between? Was the sense of the getaway, the freedom, the utopia that the grass is always greener on the other side? Were all the above luring Nolan to choose the Rodd as a permanent residence? All those questions were engaging my mind and at the same time, I was thinking Ned Kelly, the main theme of series of paintings by Nolan, a figure which invoked by itself a sense of freedom. There are quite a few pieces of the puzzle of Sidney Nolan’s identity that I’m looking forward to exploring by spending some time at the same place where this remarkable artist was walking, dreaming and creating.
Sidney Nolan Trust here I come!
Dia Mexi-Jones is a current MA student of Bath Spa University.