Tim Fry
Tim Fry

Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia

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Medium

acrylic, pastel, paint pent, biro and collage on cardboard.

Description

Contested Territory was a personal reflection on Darwin and the Top End (NT). The title refers to the conflicting ideologies of globalised western culture and traditional indigenous culture. I spent 3 months teaching art in an indigenous education facility near Darwin and the experience of living there gave me the sense that I was witnessing a clash of modern and traditional cultures, the forefront of colonialism it seemed. This was a very rich and valuable lesson and at times a confronting and deeply saddening one. The drawing literally depicts an overpass on Stuart Highway in the center of Darwin, complimented by some stylised trees and a nearby power pole. In some ways this falls into the theme of nature versus the built environment, but it is symbolic of the greater human dynamics at play in this frontier city. The made on mine text is a pun referencing both the extractive industries which Darwin is sustained by, made on mining, and also the indigenous perspective that Darwin is literally made on mine (My land). The handwritten text (contested territory) at the bottom of the work is an aesthetic reference to Gordon Bennett's works which utilise layers of hand written text in his colonial critiques.

TAGS

#australian art, #landscape, #Pop art, #contemporary art, #architectural, #Darwin
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