2001/0175 Brenda's wedding

Brenda's wedding

Artist

Dianne JONES
Indigenous
Birth:
1966
 in
Northam, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Brenda's wedding
Date
2001
Medium/Material
laser print on canvas
Dimensions
45 x 75 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2001
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2001/0175
Currently not on display

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In the background of this work is a painting by Eugene Von Guerard and I have inserteda photograph of my family 'the Jones's' at my sister Brenda 's wedding. I have used iconsof Australian to reposition representation of Indigenous People. Paintings by iconicartists Tom Roberts and Eugene Von Guerard often portrayed a romantic idea of a landwhich was a peaceful, fat and wealthy land under endless blue skies. When IndigenousPeople were painted it was all too often as a part of the flora and fauna and withoutnames or identities, insignificantly fading into the background. When white Australianswere recorded either in paintings or written history they were always given names andsome information about them and so I have positioned my family as the main focus of thepaintings and given them an identity and importance that Indigenous People were notafforded. My family and myself did not match the images that I was seeing in historybooks or in artworks.MR 20/09/18

Artist statement, 2001In the background of this work is a painting by Eugene Von Guerard and I have inserted a photograph of my family, "the Jones's", at my sister Brenda's wedding. I have used icons of Australia to reposition representation of Indigenous People. Paintings by iconic artists Tom Roberts and Eugene Von Guerard often portrayed a romantic idea of a land which was a peaceful, fat and wealthy land under endless blue skies. When Indigenous People were painted it was all too often as a part of the flora and fauna and without names or identities, insignificantly fading into the background. When white Australians were recorded either in paintings or written history they were always given names and some information about them and so I have positioned my family as the main focus of the painting and given them an identity and importance that Indigenous People were not afforded. My family and myself did not match the images that I was seeing in history books or in artworks.

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