from 16 novembre 2017 to 08 février 2018

exhibition in Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery and Inveresk Precinct
Launceston, Tasmania

artist in residence
a partnership between the University of Tasmania
and the French Embassy of Australia
with the support of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery 
This project looks at our relationship to tools.
Usually, art works are ‘made’ with tools but here the ‘subject’ are tools themselves.

At the end of the 18th century, first explorers have been said that First Tasmanians lived with only 22 tools during the 10,000 years they occupied the land before the English arrived. European thinking can only envision progress with technology and multiple ‘tools’, and associate society with material advances. It seems that the First Tasmanians were very happy, and the population was in good health—using only the tools they needed to sustain their lifestyle this left them more time for social and cultural occupations. There is a lesson for us now in the present.

My project is based at Inveresk, a place of industrial transformation and progress with the railway yards, symbolised now by the Blacksmith’s Workshop, which is part of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery—a museum which shows this evolution of tools.

We seem to have not stopped inventing new tools until the computer, then the internet. Although we can see the computer as just one tool that we all use, it actually contains thousands of tools. We use this tools with the same gesture produced by that of the brain by our hand on the mouse. Inevitably, industrial and art production is no longer the same as it was in the past.

In my research I have found that the First Tasmanian Aborigines were divided into nine ethnic groups each with all their stories, culture and myths. I compare this to the situation now, where we have a common GOOGLE ‘story’, because all of the world uses the same database.

I propose different works that respond to my feelings about our relationship to a simpler way of life. Here my works are not just presented as sculptural objects but they are incorporated into the spaces around the Inveresk railway yards. The spaces become screens and viewer becomes the user. My art works become part of the fabric of the place.

36 stickers 20x20cm (on windows)
2 banners 440x130cm (outside)

These new tools for creating software are drawing from traditional representations (crayon, pen, brush, pencil, eraser, magnifying glass, feather..). 
This work is placed at the front of the School of Creative Arts to demonstrate the change of the creative process.