Artifacta 1 – Colonial Gifts

Artifacta 1 – Colonial Gifts, 2019. watsonia, beer bottle tops, string

Pauline White

This work was inspired by the many stories told to me by my Noongar friends over the years about the sacred rocks or serpent eggs that were in this area of the Derbarl Yerrigan and which were removed by the authorities. These boulders were very important for their cultural lore and they feel the loss deeply. There are no photos and no records except for the stories that have been passed down. 

I have used materials like Watsonia which is considered an invasive species and beer bottle tops that use images of local fauna as examples of cultural practices that have replaced the eggs to depict the loss that has occurred.

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