2018 Finalists

Michael COOK

Artist statement: Invasion places an imaginative eye in Australian colonial history and turns around the dominant view, taking alien creatures into iconic London-based cityscapes, with white urban residents as their victims.

The images in this series express the shock that enveloped the Australian continent when European people appeared on Aboriginal shores. Aboriginal people as aliens, sci-fi scaled animals including – featherless birds, super-sized grubs, giant lizards, possums on UFOs, laser-shooting fembots, and clouds of Rainbow Lorikeets – arrive into urban London, the 'mother' country, and wreak havoc. Within the broad narrative are mini-narratives that speak to the past; historical references that tease out and reverse the racist practices imposed on Aboriginals. The drama of such an event is heightened with vintage-inspired B-grade horror movie aesthetic – giving an ironic 'spoofy' edge.

www.michaelcook.net.au

Telephone  2018
from the series Invasion
pigment ink-jet print
135.0 x 200.0 cm
courtesy of the artist, THIS IS NO FANTASY (Melbourne) and Andrew Baker Art Dealer (Brisbane)

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