Hart Island Dreams
Hart Island Dreams is a memorial to the people buried at Hart Island NY due to COVID-19 related deaths. The exhibition culminates in an installation that features over 150 miniature clay cranes that represent the individuals buried on the island in context of a river to symbolise the paths their lives took.
Not Terra Nullius
Jane Burton Taylor
Not Terra Nullius reimagines an early colonial land grant map. It erases the names of recipients of grants and English place names, replacing them with the names given to the region’s islands, bays and sandy coves by the indigenous peoples who are its traditional custodians; and who were its sole occupants prior to 1770.
This land grant map dating from the early 1800s specifically records the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. By reworking it to remove colonial settler names, and reinstate indigenous place names in the landscape, I am respectfully acknowledging and honouring the original custodians. Most of the indigenous words on this reworked map were recorded by early colonists like Lt Dawes, after conversations with local First Nations people living on the harbour, including Patyegarang, a young Cammeraygal woman who spoke the Gadigal language.
'Thank you to Professor Jakelin Troy who generously consulted with me and Dr Val Attenbrow, the contemporary source for the historic indigenous place names via her book Sydney’s Aboriginal Past. Not Terra Nullius is made in whole-hearted support of the Yes vote', Jane Burton Taylor.
This exhibition coincides with the launch of my graphic novel, Still
Alive, which records my experiences of volunteering with people of an
asylum seeker or refugee background in the Villawood Detention
Centre and in studios around Western Sydney and the Inner West
over the last ten years.
Luminous Landscapes evokes a moment for reflection. Renae's compositions are framed in order to direct your view around the canvas to emphasise particular elements in nature, such as the flickering light off water or the changing colours in the sky.
Reflections, geometry and divergences feature in each work, highlighting a paradox in nature: growth favouring the efficiency of patterns but with potentially infinite natural variations - embodying the clash between order and chaos.