Sally Simpson has made ‘artefacts’ and ‘specimens’ in response to sites undergoing change. Her artworks are recordings of the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history. The Lake Mokoan Series utilises both manufactured and natural materials collected on site. Part of a former irrigation scheme, Lake Mokoan is now in the process of being converted to the Winton Wetlands.
The materials employed in Simpson’s sculptures, including discarded irrigation pipe, lace and fish bones, reflect the fragility of this environment in flux. Her drawings of mummified fish found at the lake suggest the provisional nature of survival in a changing environment.
Sally Simpson’s work reflects her fascination with the way values and meaning assigned to land change over time, according to point of view, culture and situation. She uses unexpected methods to transform natural and man-made materials found at particular sites, creating sculptures that evoke artefacts and specimens and drawings that reflect the fragility of the environment. The purpose of these objects is to record the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history, as if for a future museum.
Image: Sally Simpson, Venerated remains (installation view). Courtesy of the artist.
Jacqui Stockdale is a Melbourne based artist who works in photography, painting, drawing and collage to explore issues surrounding cultural identity and Australian folklore.
Familija will present work from across the artist’s career, traversing her personal cartography of indigenous cultures and the carnivalesque.
Using masks, costumes and objects collected from her travels, Stockdale creates theatrical scenes that are layered with cultural and historical references. Her compelling photographic portraits combine photography and painting, playfully mimicking the genre of exotic postcards where subjects are depicted within a fictional landscape.
Her latest series draws on the nineteenth century Australian folk narratives surrounding Ned Kelly and expresses the artist’s fascination with colonial mythology. The life size portraits depict living subjects, including Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins, in front of iconic ‘Kelly country’ landscapes, such as Stringy Bark Creek and Power’s Lookout in the King Valley, Victoria. Stockdale’s hand-painted landscapes form the backdrops to the works and will feature as part of the exhibition.
Image: Jacqui Stockdale, The Offering 2016, C type print