Expanding Australia, 2016
Laminated timber, mirrored acrylic, 3m x 4m
Images courtesy of the artist
Frankston Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Expanding Australia was the outcome of an artist residency at the East Coburg Community House, Melbourne, Australia. I began with a segmented map of the Moreland City Council area and ended with a functional floor sculpture of the two phases of continental Australia. I was able to utilise the large space which dictated the size of the work, the projector in order to plan the work and the outdoor area to cut the work on site.
The local community engaged with the work giving me feedback as the work developed. I see this work not as a finished piece but as the beginning of many conversations. I hope it becomes a way of opening conversations with the Australian Indigenous Community and of educating others of the existence of the oldest culture on the planet beneath their very feet.
Many thanks to Catherine Connolly, Emma Salaoras and Alex Coulombe for their assistance with this work.