Standing at the foot of Australia’s sacred sandstone monolith known as Uluru, Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane envisioned a world invisible to many others. The world is at once primordial and imminent, spiritual and mortal. This exhibition is a collaborative offering from one of Washington’s most prolific pairs; an offering of visibility from one world into another. Inspired by the ancestral stories told by the indigenous keepers of Australia’s most sacred grounds, Platt and Beane fuse poetic image with word. The union culminates in an aesthetic experience of the human spirit that that transcends time, place, and identity.
my words find themselves
in undulations and ululations;
floating in stark abstractions
of light, traceries of shadow
moving among the grasses
and sand, over waves, and
in city spaces, conjuring memories;
in the rocks and the red dirt;
waiting at the waterhole
to ensnare the longing,
palimpsests for other times of being.
sounds in the air in the vastness of
ancient spaces, disappearing,
unintelligible to the undiscerning ear,
though telling stories, upon stories,
upon stories, long through the night.