2017 Finalists

Robert FIELDING

Artist statement: This work is about carrying. Carrying culture, carrying law, carrying responsibility for Country, and maintaining it for generations to come. These responsibilities weigh heavy, but Anangu (people of the Western Desert language groups of central Australia) continue to find new ways of lifting them every day.

In my home of Mimili Community, flour buckets are used daily to carry, store or hide many things. For one who knows how to look, the storylines of these buckets and their owners unfold throughout the landscape. When I sand-blast back into the buckets with the very sand I find them resting on, I reveal the shiny surface beneath.

Underneath the many responsibilities Anangu carry today lies a resilient and radiant strength. It is with this strength we continue to carry culture and protect Country.

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Robert FIELDING
Tjalini. Lift or carry something heavy, carry a load, lug.  2019
chromogenic print
80.0 x 120.0 cm 
courtesy of the artist, Mimili Maku (Alice Springs) and blackartprojects

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