Artist statement: I am a descendent of the Bangerang people from south-eastern Australia. Undercurrent was created in response to an unmarked massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, now submerged underwater. Using cutting and layering techniques, the works reveal the emotional and cultural scars left in the landscape, which have been historically and physically covered over by subsequent colonial occupation. The photographs have been made by manually layering two shots from the same vantage point. After photographing a scene once, I return with a print which I used to frame a second shot, with the final photographic image capturing the print and the actual landscape.
This project was created with support from the Koorie Heritage Trust's Artist Residency Program 2018, funded by the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.