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The organisation of the view

computer generated colour inkjet print on 3 sheets
98.5 × 599.5 cm (image) 111.8 × 617.5 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
ed. 2/3
Accession Number
Australian Prints / Australian Prints & Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2006
© Valerie Sparks
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

This monumental print takes its cue from the nineteenth-century block-printed scenic wallpaper, Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, manufactured by Joseph Dufour & Co. in France in 1804–05. In order to create impossible landscapes that appear so real they could exist, Valerie Sparks constructs her images from photographs scanned into the computer and built up layer by layer, in a process that loosely imitates the development of traditionally printed images through progressive states.

Most of the plants in this work were photographed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, while other landscape elements come from locations as diverse as Central Australia and Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland. Because they have been photographed at different times of the day, at various times of the year and from varied perspectives, disorienting shifts of light and shade occur throughout.