As part of this work, I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land that this work is based, that sovereignty was never ceded, and pay my respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, past, present, and emerging.
’Terra Nuova’ means new land in Italian. The language of the land and stories that make up part of my heritage.
There are two main aspects to these works: The concept and the materiality of the work.
The work is built around the framework of the flux of movement through the landscape such as the ethnographic distribution of peoples around the globe. This movement has been for many reasons but includes war, famine, poverty, or those looking for a new and better life. This is the story people throughout the centuries and is also the story of my people and family. Moving thousands of kilometres from the land of their ancestors, attempting to carve a new life in a new unknown country.
The second aspect of this works is their material creation. These works are made from discarded scraps of photographic paper that were used for other projects, repurposed, and remade into these new artworks, giving new life and function to these off-cut photographs and reimagining them into a new landscape.
These expanded field photographs are purposefully abstract and sculptural whilst also being physical and spontaneous. These photographic collages go beyond the 2D space, asking viewers to move and interact with the work.