2018 Finalists

Joseph MCGLENNON

Artist statement: This image is from my latest series of work called Eclectus Australis. Both the Indigenous and the invading are seen to populate this image. A Brown Goshawk one of Australia’s foremost birds of prey clutches our great ecological disaster, the European rabbit, whilst perched over the colonial inland corridor that is the Hawkesbury River. Influenced by Sir Arthur Streeton in his master oil painting, ‘Purple noon’s transparent might’ 1896, I have placed the viewer high and floating above the magnificence of the Hawkesbury landscape. This in my mind highlights the clean, unbridled Australian landscape as Streeton did in the late 19th century, juxtaposing a new Australia from the carved out confines of an old and tamed Europe.

Eclectus Australis – Brown Goshawk  2018
from the series Eclectus Australis
pigment ink-jet print
155.0 x 100.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid (Sydney + Berlin)

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