As an environmentally concerned artist, Louise Fowler-Smith_s most recent work focuses on the veneration of trees, a subject she was drawn to not only for_its enchanting beauty but its ability to protect trees from loggers. She is presently compiling a book that gives a visual record of how the tree is decorated across India as an aspect of worship or ritual.
In Australia, Louise has specifically been interested in the Mulga Tree that may be found in the arid zone of far western NSW, with its umbrella like form and isolated existence. To date the photographs she has taken are always of singular, lone trees, which, through her manipulation and placement, she manages to imbue with a poetic resonance.
Louise is employed as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW in Sydney and is the Director of the Imaging the Land International Research Institute (ILIRI), which aims to promote new ways of perceiving the land in the 21st century.
In 2007 ILIRI held a symposium at the Fowlers Gap Research Station, located 112 km north of Broken Hill in the desert of New South Wales.
Titled "Re-Cognising the Land - To See Anew" the symposium brought together artists, architects, writers, scientientists - people concerned with the environment can collaborate on projects that explore new ways of perceiving, interacting and living in a land starved of water.
ILIRI is inviting applications from artists internationally to work at the creative laboratory at Fowlers Gap. More information can be found at_http://www.cofa.unsw.edu.au/research/groups/iliri/
Fowler-Smith's article, "Hindu Tree Veneration as a Mode of Environmental Encounter" will be published in _Leonardo Vol. 42, No. 1, 200