'Topographica' 2014 is a painting based upon a photograph that Vivienne Binns took of a dry creek near Alice Springs. Amongst the dried vegetation and inside the cracks and shadows of the bed are micro images. Depicted are the UN Security Council, the Tower of Babel, refugee camps, protestors and frontier wars, as well as contemporary scenes resonant with the Australian way of life, such as beach going, swimming, sports, landscape, and office workers. The image is a map not just of land mass but also of history and current affairs. In charting the local and global, the past and the present, the environmental and the social, the sacred and profane, Binns locates our place in the world and surveys a network of issues - colonisation, immigration, war and climate change - pertinent to our region in the twenty-first century.
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
130.0 x 165.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Signed and dated u.l. verso on stretcher, black fibre-tipped pen "VIVIENNE BINNS 2014 ...".
Signed u.l. corner verso on strainer, black fibre-tipped pen "V.BINNS".
Signed l.l. corner verso on strainer, black fibre-tipped pen "V.BINNS".
Signed c.r. verso on stretcher bar, black fibre-tipped pen "V.BINNS".
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2014
Not on display
© Vivienne Binns. Licensed by Copyright Agency.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Vivienne Binns: new work, Milani Gallery, West End, 03 May 2014–17 May 2014
Referenced in 1 publication
Nick Yelverton, Look, 'Reflections on the mind of Vivienne Binns', pg. 29, Sydney, Feb 2015, 29 (colour illus.).