You Can't See Me: I Can't See You
Hand Carved Huon Pine, found object (Tripod), Thumb tacks
Any child in detention is a failure of the state. In 2016 the lack of transparent media coverage and lack of access to report about children in detention in Australia, both on the mainland and offshore was alarming. The child in the work is under an Australian flag; hiding or being hidden? The work is surrounded by an ocean of thumbtacks in the shape of Australia.
Huon pine is one of Australia's most precious timbers after having been almost decimated. Huon Pine, presently, may only be salvaged from forest floors or dams; populations of these ancient trees are now protected. It is a story of hope and testament to the capacity for change under good policy.
The pencil marking out a childish rendition of the Australian flag is ephemeral.
The tripod indicates the absence of a camera, the media blackout surrounding offshore detention and juvenile detention in Australia.
This is a ‘Minumental’ work. Minuments are small works which look at the less glorious aspects of contemporary life. At a time in which Monuments are being (rightly) scrutinised.