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Process diary

Abbey Haberecht

Oakhill College

Artwork title
Self-portrait (but I don't fit the stereotype)
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Expressive form
Documented forms
Artist’s statement

The idea for my work came from comments that I have received about my Aboriginality. In particular, ‘But you don’t look Aboriginal’. In questioning the physical identity of an Aboriginal person I have photographed my sister painted ‘black’ and ‘white’ as I put the question to the audience, ‘Do I look Aboriginal now?’ The ghost-like figures emerging from each side of the middle panel represent my conscience in a re-interpretation of Vincent Fantauzzo’s artwork Heath. In the side panels are scans of a selection of my journal pages which make ironic, political and personal references to both ‘white’ and ‘black’ cultures.

Influencing artists:
Frank Ockenfels
Man Ray
Jason Wing
Michael Cook
Gordon Bennett
Barbara Kruger
Bill Henson
Ben Quilty
Sidney Nolan
Vincent Fantauzzo