2011/0004 HEAT

HEAT

Artist

Christian THOMPSON
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1978
 in
Gawler, South Australia

Artwork

Title
HEAT
Date
2010
Medium/Material
DVD projection (hard drive master and 4 x photographs in presentation box)
Dimensions
28.9 x 20.6 x 3.5 cmduration: 5:52 min (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: TomorrowFund, 2011
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2011/0004
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightHEAT depicts Thompson's personal memories and lived experience. This captivating work is a personal recollection of visiting the harsh desert Australian landscapes with his father. Each of the three components that comprise this video triptych contains the face of a young Indigenous woman. Her image is representative not only of a sacred mother-earth, but also the seductive and dangerous nature of the Australian landscape, which if not understood and respected can lead to peril. Like all of his cultural creations, Thompson considers HEAT to be a self-portrait, as within each of his works of art is a portrait of his culture and his identity, beyond the realms of his own physicality. (AGWA 2011)

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