Since Mitchell McAuley moved to Italy he has begun an exploratory journey into the aesthetics of architecture and time. Art is his agency of enquiry, in which he fuses the past — which contains many states of what were once the present — into his own contemporary moment. This is the seduction of history, and for an Australian artist looking backwards over European historical time McAuley’s art practice has taken an exciting detour into Europe’s formidable landscapes, traditions and art. With the architecture of Italy, Spain and Portugal, from fifteenth century basilicas, Roman catacombs, Moorish citadels or modern masterpieces, McAuley has developed what might be called an entry and exit methodology, a narrative about Time as a quantum concept of materiality, ideas and transience.
exerpt from "Time past, time present" Sheridan Palmer.