My arts practice investigates issues relating to identity, environment and mapping practices. The video works that I have developed and have titled Toponymic Interventions are a natural extension of my mapping works. I am interested in place names and people’s names and how they relate to space, and I am very interested in the movement of people and the changing environment.
I usually talk about Aboriginal people because I am Aboriginal, and I guess it is normal to investigate that aspect of my history.
In my physical maps I write Aboriginal language groups’, people’s and place names back into the landscape. With these projections I am taking it one step further and projecting it into the physical space. Some of them can be quite haunting.
With my painting works, I talk about the sea level rising with a four–degree rise in temperature. So on a low island, I think even more and more about reclamation of these islands via the sea, imagining it in a completely different way.
South Stradbroke Island, 19 March 2014