Artist as Animal, single channel projection, Benalla Art Gallery
Created during a residency at Dookie Agricultural College in regional Victoria, Artist as Animal sees the artist engage in an endurance allergen performance across pollenated, waterlogged canola fields while wearing high heels and carrying an 8kg cattle gut strung harp. The presence and celebration of the changing role of women in Australia during the first and second world wars can be seen peppered throughout the college’s archives. Black and white photos of a class held at the farm of women in weighted skirts and muddied high heels offered altered perceptions of farm work experiences. This performance embodies a re-enactment of human and nonhuman labour, while echoing the absurdity of culture being forced upon nature and country.
DP: Gene Alberts. Supported by the Centre of Visual Art’s Art + Ecology Residency, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Benalla Art Gallery Projection Façade