CCP/City of Yarra Billboard
Corner of Smith & Otter Streets Collingwood
November 2011–March 2012
Sharon West is a visual artist working across various media including photography, painting, assemblage and digital media. She has been a teacher in the Indigenous Arts Unit of the School of Art at RMIT University since 1999. In 2009, she completed her Masters of Art at RMIT, examining the relationship between settler and Indigenous cultures within Australian colonial art history. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has curated a number of exhibitions.
These works portray mythical indigenous creatures which West imagines inhabiting pre-settlement Melbourne. She constructs narrative-based scenarios that parody the concept of the museum diorama, in particular, scenes featuring models of indigenous fauna and flora and domestic scenes of Koori people. In an attempt to recreate a pseudo-historical situation, West translates these scenes using the two-dimensional medium of photography.
This project acknowledges the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of this land. The artist wishes to thank the Wurundjeri Land Council.
The OUT THERE Billboard Art Program is a Yarra Council initiative in partnership with Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Image: Sharon West John Batman and the Giant Budgie 2011
Last Updated 31 May 2012