Domestic Universe

Colonial setters to Central Australia have imported an enormous infrastructure of stuff to maintain a certain domestic lifestyle in a desert environment wherein once life had a simplicity without waste and was lived close to the earth and nature. By placing these European domestic items directly on the earth the artist is emphasising the cultural contrasts between settler-colonial and traditional First Nations peoples’ way of living in this environment. This work seeks to emphasis the interconnectedness of two seemingly disparate worlds by arranging the man-made items in golden spiral patterns from nature.

This work was supported and presented as part of Watch This Space's 25th Anniversary program.

Permissions granted by Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation; Crown Land Estate; Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics; Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority