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"God and my Right - logo series: Juliet Lea and Cube - Cold Comfort: Waratah Lahy"
2002-04-06 until 2002-05-04
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Canberra Contemporary Art Space open two new exhibitions tomorrow: God and my Right - logo series an installation by Juliet Lea that will decay as the exhibition progresses, and Cold Comfort works by Waratah Lahy that represent cultural icons of beer.
God and my Right - logo series
A five meter floor installation of the British Empire logo Dieu et mon Droit made from agar agar jelly, blood, dough, objects and text. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, as the work gradually rots, moulds will flourish and bacteria will grow. These processes of decay are an important element of the work - designed to seduce as well as repel.
God and my Right is a critical examination of Australia's position in regard to the British Empire. Juliet Lea questions the sovereignty of our nation and suggests our relationship to Britian is like a body attached to a cancer in late malignancy. We are living on and with these colonial scars and weeping wounds - exacerbating them with two centuries of extermination, subjugation, deforestation, mining, unsustainable agricultural practises and so on.
Cube:As a cultural icon, beer encompasses ideals such as mateship, hard work, pride and respect.
Waratah Lahy aims to challenge such parameters and examine how we define ourselves as Australian. She also reflects a personal inteset in the subject, drawing upon childhood memories of growing up next to a country pub.
Cold Comfort – Waratah Lahy