2008 Sculpture - The Outback Strikes Back
"The Outback Strikes Back"
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We are Australians in the world and there is an ambiguity about where our real roots are.
This series of small ceramic sculptures explores the concept of spiritual dislocation. The position of being physically and emotionally in one place and spiritually and historically in another place concerns many Australians.
There is a transposition and displacement that has taken place over several generations of to-ing and fro-ing between Australia and Europe.
"That young country-cultural desert stuff gets very old. Australia happens to have the longest artistic tradition in the world - Aboriginal people making sophisticated art on the walls of their dwellings thirty thousand years before the people in Lascaux chewed the end off their first paintbrush...
Australians' roots run very deep and wide. That gives us a stake in all the world's cultural heritage."
from Geraldine Brooks "People of the Book" p 25