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Artwork - 'Jobs, Policy and LOST' (tryptich) by Patrice Mahoney

From the Collection of Federation University Australia Art Collection Artworks are displayed at Federation University Australia campuses at Ballarat, Gippsland (Churchill), Stawell and Horsham. Victoria

This unique edition triptych involves the techniques of intaglio copper plate, pigment, soft ground, open bite, aquatint, spit-bite, stamping, relief, drawing and burnishing on paper. It was awarded the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards Federation University Acquisitive Award for for work by a Victorian regional artist.

Artist's Statement: These works are a display of my frustration of hour our family were lucky we were not beheaded, scalped, taken away and impaled as a warning to others not to enter farming lands, which had been traditional lands of the Nganyaywana country. The word 'Policy' represents the White Australia Policy, the word "Lost' stands for those lost including hundreds of family members, 'Jobs' asks why Aboriginal people can only find employment if through Aboriginal positions and policies,. The number 3 symbolises myself and my siblings, red is for bloodshed, blue is for secrets and black the family history.

The Selection Panel of the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards made the following comments on the work:
'The selection panel for the Federation University Acquisitive Award for 2014 were highly impressed by this work and applauded the vigorous use of symbolism and metaphor in a well scripted visual composition. The poignancy of connectedness to the past, memory, place and country is palpable and enhanced by the suggestive employment of text and minimal colour. A provocative and evocative work of art!
99.0 x 70.0 cm (sheet)
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Historical information
Anewan/Nganyaywan/Dunghutti country.

Patrice Mahoney is a printmaker, sculptor, weaver, drawer and painter. he work challenges mainstream and Aboriginal Australians and is profoundly influenced by space, place and country, taking inspiration from nature, environment and looking forward to a time when she can return to her family's traditional country to make work.

In 2012 the artist completed a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at Monash University’s Churchill campus (from 2014 Federation University's Churchill Campus).

The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2014 were exhibited and judged at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
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Patrice Mahoney (artist)
Last updated
3 Apr 2019 at 8:15PM