June 2013



Art Gallery of South Australia
21 June to 8 September 2013

Lithology, Charcoal on paper, 62 x 300cm
Lithology, Charcoal on paper, 62 x 300cm

‘HEARTLAND is a great reminder of the incredible talent right here in our own backyard.’ The Adelaide Review

Kim is very excited to be included in HEARTLAND, an exhibition of contemporary art from South Australia that hopes to generate new ways of thinking about who and where we are.

It premieres new works of art made for the exhibition as well as selected works that have rarely been seen and includes Tjala artists from Amata, Kate Breakey, Kim Buck, James Darling and Lesley Forwood, Wendy Fairclough, Stewart MacFarlane, Ian North, Annalise Rees, Chris De Rosa, Yhonnie Scarce, Paul Sloan, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Angela Valamanesh, Hossein Valamanesh and Amy Joy Watson.
Curated by Nici Cumpston, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Project Curator, Lisa Slade, HEARTLAND is a free exhibition thanks to the generous support of the South Australian Government.

Kim’s work in HEARTLAND, Lithology, is a five-panelled, three metre long charcoal drawing exploring an emotional landscape via the human form:

“For Kim Buck the human form offers an emotional landscape. Rendered as terrain in charcoal with virtuosic realism, her figures register different moods and states of being. By presenting her drawings as a panorama, a tradition of presentation indelibly linked to landscape but also to surveillance and control, Buck invites the viewer on a journey through a subjective topography. Buck was born in Mount Gambier, the heart of the limestone coast in the south east of the state. This region conceals a complexity of terrain that includes an arterial system of caves and aquifers  – a subterranean labyrinth not visible above the ground.  Similarly Buck’s subjects, conjured through time devouring drawing, suggest a complex, inner world.” – Lisa Slade and Nici Cumpston, HEARTLAND catalogue.

Click here to read John Kean’s catalogue essay on Kim’s work