BUNDOORA HOMESTEAD ART CENTRE
‘Horizons’ – What does it mean to be a particular colour, race, sexuality or age in contemporary culture. ‘Horizons’ presents a selection of work from Victorian Indigenous artists Peta Clancy, Bindi Cole, Elizabeth Liddle, Steaphon Paton, Steven Rhall and Peter Waples-Crowe. Mixed media and photographic imagery explore the themes of identity, hybridity, gender and race. Explorations of the body, skin, family, ceremony and symbology culminate in this thought provoking exhibition.
‘Horizons’ is presented by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and the City of Darebin in acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week July 6 – 13, 2014.
Artist Statement – ‘Out of Place’ was created during a period of research at Museum Victoria’s Entomology Department. I studied threatened Australian moth and butterfly specimens, I became acutely aware that each specimen had been displaced from the habitat where they had been originally captured alive. Visiting a number of the capture sites I realised that many of the insect species would most likely not exist at the sites due to land clearance and disturbance. ‘Out of Place’ was initially informed by these experiences along with an interest in exploring the themes of displacement, connection to place, the alteration of the Australian landscape as a consequence of colonisation, and the cultural significance of soil in Australian history. The photographs titled ‘Out of Place’ reference both landscape and constructed still life photographic traditions. They feature constructions created in my studio photographed during hour-long exposures using a torch to literally draw with light to illuminate the scenes. The subject matter is created using material, soil and plant matter, collected from the capture sites. By including the material collected from the capture sites I aim to metaphorically return the insects to their original habitats, that is back to the place from whence they came.