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Grounded [Freumhaichte I Wadlu-gnana]  Place Matters, wherever we are.          Click on thumbnails in gallery below to view larger image

Grounded, a commission by Glasgow Life for Festival 2014, XX Commonwealth Games, is the seventh exhibition in my Place Matters series. Grounded presents the outcome of two residencies; one in the Gaelic speaking Outer Hebrides of Scotland and the other with the Australian Aboriginal nations of the Central Australian desert and the plains of Western Queensland.

Grounded features photography, sound, audiovisual, language and prose; with inspiration drawn from landscape and stories shared by the local people. My artistic interpretation addresses issues surrounding connection to land, language, and each other for environmental and personal wellbeing.

The exhibition leads us on a journey from windswept, flower-filled Machair and surging seas to gently rolling sand hills mapped by Songlines and The Dreaming. On both sides of the world, loss of land and suppression of language caused a breakdown of cultural identity still evident today. Pride in cultural heritage and a deep connection to the land and spirituality, surface as the force behind the resilience and strength that have kept the cultures alive.

The exhibition also details my overnight imprisonment in Alice Springs. The case was dismissed in court and the story surrounding my arrest and the lack of any conviction vividly demonstrates, through first hand experience, one of the many struggles still facing Australian Aboriginal people today.

Exhibition feedback at Glasgow Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme
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Exhibition feedback at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane
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6A Mary Therese Mulladad.

10A Waddis.

11A Illyawunta.

12A Desert Water.

13A Stockman.

16A Jim Crombie.

6B Canon MacQueen.

10B Ness.

11B Ceitlin.

12B Seaweed Harvest.

13B Sweeny.

16B Anne Campbell.

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