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P.O. Box 23056 Docklands VIC 3008


Artist’s Statement

The lives of ordinary people of colour in late colonial and early federated Australia were, unlike the rest of the population, regulated by re-entry restriction and native protection.We now see that the mix of East and West had its own particular joys and sorrow. My art creates imaginary scenarios and tableaux which capture the emotions of these times:

Federation Penny Arcade
about the effects of the administration of the Immigration Restriction and Pacific Islander Labourers acts on coloured workers and peasant farmers using a simulated, interactive Federation penny arcade with re-imagined games

The Invading Hordes Light Show

3D animated heads of marines, convicts, settlers and native police, projected sequentially in a large dark space suddenly changing to pig-tailed heads of Chinese turning yellow some melting to be augmented by Afghan, Indian, Japanese, Kanaka etc monochromatic brindle faces, then finally replaced by the distraught, anonymous, faces of today's illegals

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