Saskia Beudel

Saskia Beudel

Saskia Beudel is the author of A Country in Mind (2013) and Curating Sydney (with Jill Bennett [2014]), and the novel Borrowed Eyes (2002). Her books have been shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Dobbie Literary Award, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her essays and articles have been widely published in Australia and internationally. She has a PhD from UTS and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU in Germany.

Saskia Beudel reviews 'Australian Deserts: Ecology and landscapes' by Steve Morton

May 2022, no. 442 24 April 2022
Saskia Beudel reviews 'Australian Deserts: Ecology and landscapes' by Steve Morton
Ecologist Steve Morton’s new book opens with a telling anecdote: as a young scientist in Alice Springs, he often advised visiting film crews about promising locations for their nature documentaries. When one group returned after a week in the desert, they reported back on a single hitch in an otherwise successful trip – a lack of wind-blown sand dunes. To fix this problem they cleared spinifex ... (read more)

The National 2021: New Australian Art | Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

ABR Arts 27 April 2021
The National 2021: New Australian Art | Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
The National 2021: New Australian Art, conceived in 2017, is a biennial survey exhibition to ‘address the specificities and nuances of what it means to make art from and for an Australian context at this point in time’. It is a joint initiative of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (MCA). In its first iteration, the ethos of ... (read more)

'Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce' (TarraWarra Museum of Art)

ABR Arts 11 December 2020
'Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce' (TarraWarra Museum of Art)
Just inside the first large gallery space at the TarraWarra Museum of Art is a wall-size photograph of a cemetery in a palette of muted greys. The graves are homogenous, modest, tilting with age. Scattered among the headstones are sun-bleached plastic flowers and concrete teddy bears clasping empty concrete vases. In front of the photograph stands a mortuary table bearing blackened glass objects. ... (read more)

Saskia Beudel reviews 'Wild Nature: Walking Australia’s south east forests' by John Blay

November 2020, no. 426 22 October 2020
Saskia Beudel reviews 'Wild Nature: Walking Australia’s south east forests' by John Blay
In her paean to walking, Rebecca Solnit notes that any history of walking is by nature provisional. As a subject it trespasses almost infinite fields: ‘anatomy, anthropology, architecture, gardening, geography, political and cultural history, literature, sexuality, religious studies’. Despite such ungainly dimensions, her book Wanderlust (2000) maps rich connections between walking, thinking, ... (read more)