2022 Finalists

Amos GEBHARDT

Artist statement: In this new series, native animal x-rays from medical archives are interwoven with elemental forms to investigate colonial violences on both land and water creatures. The wallaby died from a suspected gunshot wound, and is depicted here as a form of haunting, merging with constellations specific to the place they were found. The image pushes bounds of traditional photography by using a range of light frequencies to reflect the fractal interiority beneath the skin and within outer space, revealing possibilities of perspective beyond the human eye. By enhancing the luminosity of these once animated bones, the work suggests the entangled lines of entropic connection between cosmology, trauma and sentience.

$30,000 ACQUISITIVE WINNER

Wallaby  2022
chromogenic print (light box)
76.0 x 95.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries (Melbourne)

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