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Vision Quest - A Portal Opens - Jasmine Targett

  • Knox City Civic Centre 511 Burwood Highway Wantirna South, VIC, 3152 Australia (map)

Mt Dandenong 37.8311° S, 145.3600° E

"Star gazing on Mount Dandenong another world opens up. Immersed in the forest the light pollution of the city fades and the Milky Way becomes visible. The longer I look, the more I can see. My awareness of self and other dissolves as I am absorbed by my surroundings. My mind is flooded with the light of a thousand stars spilled across the sky. The deeper into nature I look the more it reveals. My mind’s eye tries to focus and make sense of other worlds becoming visible. A portal into another world both inside and outside of myself opens and reality expands."

The allegory within the work implies that as we look deeper, nature responds by opening up a portal in the mind for a vision quest into nature and self; of which there is no boundary.

From this place we are able to contemplate our connection to nature, its relevance in our lives today and the importance of holding this connection close to our hearts in the face of climate change, the Anthropocene and Holocene; the sixth mass extinction event the Earth has ever seen. Presented as a part of the Knox Immerse initiative.