This exhibition presents a selection of works as part of Susan Gourley's Doctor of Visual Arts final assessment. Over the past three years Susan has used practice-led research to analyse Eurocentric and anthropocentric ideologies about nature, tracing them back to the eighteenth century invasion and colonisation of Australia. Based on this research, she has created a series of unmonumental sculptural objects that address environmental issues and concerns in Australia. In these works, she explores the power of the visual metaphor offered by salvaged materials (what some might call "rubbish'), utilising two contrasting techniques of trompe l'oeil and a junk aesthetic.
Susan has adopted a self-reflexive and interpretative approach, mindful of how she belongs to a colonising culture. Drawing on decolonising methodologies, the work aims to question colonial history and to challenge dominant ideologies underpinning white Australian attitudes and practices towards the natural terrain.
Exhibition dates: Tuesday 19 March - Friday, 29 March
Opening Times: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Where: POP Gallery, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, 4006