– Michelle Ussher –

By Spring 2006

Alongside the foliage and vegetation in Ussher's delicately drawn and painted compositions are the paraphernalia of camping and picnicking. Tents, campfires, cars and picnic gear are all represented, beyond which the bush is safely at arm's length. Ussher is interested in temporary human occupation of the landscape. Hers is the visitor's or tourist's view of nature, one full of play and relaxation, a perspective further implied by the postcard-sized paper on which many of her works are completed and by the display of these works as a series of holiday snapshots. – Claire Armstrong

Michelle Ussher, Picnichead II, 2006, detail; watercolour, aquarelle and pencil on paper, 208 x 130 cm; ARTAND Australia Emerging Artist Collection; courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney; photograph Greg Weight