Rachel Joy
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Colonial Architecture
Colonial Architecture is a work about the Australian colonial project of occupying space with sheep. Sheep are ubiquitous in the Australian colonial landscape, both real and imagined and our vernacular abounds with references such as “on the sheep's back.” Sheep have been the building blocks of our modern nation, the colonial architecture of our country. The modular nature of the sheep in this work allows for them to be easily configured (somewhat like bricks) to interact with the architecture of a particular space. Their bar-codes and clearly visible brands allude to the commodification of animals and their manipulation for human ends. Although the work examines serious issues it does so in a light-hearted way. This was especially evident during their installation (June 2009) in the basement of Eildon Mansion in Melbourne, built for sheep breeder and pastoralist John Lang Currie in the 1870's. Colonial Architecture is available for installation by negotiation with the artist, please contat her via the website email.
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