Rachel Joy
Colonial Architecture (detail)
2008
Cardboard Packaging and papier mache
variable (approx 100 units)
Colonial Archtecture is a work about occuping and controlling space. Sheep are usually docile creatures which humans control but in this work the more than 100 sheep control where humans are able to walk, the space we are able to occupy. The work asks viewers to reflect on European colonial occupation of Australia via pastoralism and particularly the claiming of land for sheep. During the exhibition Enclosure (2009) the work was installed in the kitchen basement of Eildon Manor (built by a major Victorian pastoralist). The sheep seemed to invade the space, spilling from and blocking the hallway, windows and the down through the fireplace.
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