• Queen of Her Own Stage

    Winner Kilgour Prize 2019

Title:
Queen of her own stage
Size:
150 x 150cm
Medium:
Synthetic polymer on canvas
Year:
2019

My dear friend Ursula Yovich depicted in ochres highlighting her tribal origins from North East Arnhem Land.

I’d originally staged the photographic portrait outside the Performance Space at Lilyfield in Sydney. She was rehearsing for ‘Man with the Iron neck’ and it was a particularly hot day.

She exited the space and began jumping around on the hot pavers so I grabbed the chair and suggested standing upon it.

This immediately became an unassuming metaphor being ‘we (Indigenous peoples) STILL must go to great lengths to be heard on our own land’.

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