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chromogenic print


FINALIST 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize Monash Gallery of Art
This work was a finalist in the 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.
Spaghetti junctions, highways and roads. They connect people and products. They cut new paths through cities, suburbs and the bush, bringing consumers and consumables together. Through a glass, darkly uses an aspect of western Sydney car culture, recycling car yards, to highlight environmental issues - we all know that car emissions are one of the major causes of climate change and that waste is a global issue. A Blacktown car recycling yard houses hundreds of smashed cars, row upon row. Their bonnets up, car-lovers stroll through the space to purchase spare engine parts. Of course the windscreens are one component that cannot be reused. As I cut them out from the cars the safety glass stayed intact and I realised the interesting patterns look like street networks seen from above. Our interconnections depend so much on urban change and our ever-expanding road networks - Westconnex and M4 expansion. They define movement and life and products and people and gobble up land and livelihoods. The cracked glass is a metaphor for these interconnections made by roads and their central place in globalisation and consumerism. Through the shattered glass we see the dark nature of rampant consumerism and the devastation of our environment that is required to sustain it. Both the smashed cars and our road networks share redundancy.
As an x-ray points out the weakness or disease in a body, so these images expose our consumerism as being a shameful side of our lifestyle. The black and white references our impaired perception of what we are doing to our world: For now we see through a glass, darkly.
This new series continues my exploration of redundancy, waste and urban change. My interest is in objects, structures and the urban landscape, and in particular the increasing number of non-places that fill our environment. Beauty is found in these places and products of repulsion, neglect or obsolescence.


landscape; waste; black and white; abstract