‘In the suspended, wraith-like clouds of Yhonnie Scarce’s installation ‘Death Zephyr’ 2017 we are temporarily blinded to the lingering effects of the British nuclear tests on Aboriginal land across much of inland South Australia in the 1950s. On close inspection, the beauty of the work is subsumed by a deeper sense of national unease, of the excesses of blind ethno-nationalism, the flagrant disregard for human life and indifference to environmental destruction of which nations are capable.’ Daniel Browning
Yhonnie Scarce works predominantly in glass. Her work considers the scientific research and concepts that have impacted and have ongoing effects on Aboriginal people. In this major installation Scare employs small glass yams, which she feels represent people, to create a vast, wind-swept form that refers to the poisonous clouds that rained across Maralinga, SA as the British and Australian governments undertook nuclear testing there in the 1950s and 1960 forever altering the landscape and dramatically effecting people’s lives.
hand blown glass yams, nylon and steel armature
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactor's Group 2017
Not on display
© Yhonnie Scarce
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The National 2017: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Mar 2017–16 Jul 2017
Referenced in 3 publications
Genevieve O'Callaghan (Editor), The national 2017: new Australian art, Sydney, 2017.
Toni Ross, Artforum, 'The National: new Australian art', pg. 385, New York, Summer 2017, 385. exhibition review
Amelia Winata, Broadsheet Journal, 'Undoing the neutral: the sculpture as pointer', pg. 39-44, Adelaide, 2017, 42.