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Title

brumby mound #2

2003


Artist

Rosemary Laing

Australia

1959 -


About

Rosemary Laing explores the power of photography to invoke and unravel assumptions about landscape and place. Her interventions in the landscape are informed by its history of human encounters and powerful symbolic presence in the Australian psyche.

In her series 'one dozen unnatural disasters in the Australian landscape', Laing responds to the desert as a place of belonging for traditional land owners and also a place of disjuncture for the many non-Indigenous people who have failed to adapt to its challenging conditions.

Emanating from this series, 'Brumby mound #2' alludes to tensions between the global and local, generic and specific, familiar and strange. The work captures the enigmatic act of camouflaging ordinary home furnishings in a desert landscape, a traditional land, veiled by the darkness of night. Its title references the introduced horses (or brumbies) that are feral and roam uncontrolled, reflecting perhaps the spread of mass-produced furniture in a consumption-driven society.


Details


Date

2003


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

1/12


Dimensions

103.4 x 171.2 x 6.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. verso on backboard, black fibre-tipped pen "Rosemary Laing/ .../ ... 2003".


Credit

Gift of Simon Johnson 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

117.2014


Artist information

Rosemary Laing

Works in the collection

30


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Terry Ingram, The Australian Financial Review, 'Owning a Laing is all the rage', pg. 51, Sydney, 12 May 2005, 51.

Abigail Solomon-Godeau, The unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing, 'The unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing', pg. 36-71, Sydney, 2005, 46, 49 (colour illus.), 73.