Finalist Clayton Utz Art Prize 2022
Observation and imagination. The white lines are a wireframe perspective of GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) which sits on the Brisbane River at Kurilpa Point (Queensland, Australia). Using early photographs of European settlement, explorers’, convicts’ and botanist’s’ accounts along with indigenous histories, I was able to site this existing building within a landscape which I imagine would be very similar to that the indigenous population experienced pre settlement. The name of this work, “No Title”, refers to the contested nature of land ownership here in Australia as result of invasion and colonization. The Native Title Act 1993 is a law passed by the Australian Parliament that recognises the rights and interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in land and waters according to their traditional laws and customs.
Charcoal, pastel on Arches paper, 89 x 144 cm