Tender Places builds conversation with, in and through place. I create research artefacts during field work to document, translate and disseminate the research with, to and through place.
Postcards are the project’s first physical research arteacts. Created from photographs and field notes, they are mailed to a network of creative peers in Australia and beyond.
The postcard is presented as a queering material medium; an appropriated artefact of outsider privilege, a public/private artwork for an audience of one, a material that crosses political and geographical borders to link places and people through space and time.
Ilparpa Claypans, Arrernte Land
These postcards were created on a series of field visits in the Alhwerrpe Mpepe/Autumn of 2019. On each visit to the claypans I would walk with a different reading, many of them works by Deborah Bird Rose, translating the ideas with/in place through my body. These postcards were written at the conclusion of each walk and are reflection of the physical and intellectual journey.
Gurambai/Rapid Creek, Larrakia Land
These postcards are created from excerpts of notes written during field walks along Gurambai/Rapid Creek in the Dinidjanggama/Dry Season of 2019. The postcards are not so much written, but assembled from the field notes, to create a found translation of the journey.
In this series I began to make contact with place based artists beyond my direct circle of peers, and sent postcards as a gesture of kinship and connection.
This research takes place on the unceded sovereign lands of the Arrernte and Larrakia people.
I pay respect to their elders, past, present and emerging, and the continued resistance and resilience of all First Nation’s people.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land