2019, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.
Artists: Roseanne Bartley
Public Assembly (Lynda Roberts & Ceri Hann)
Booklet, essay by Roseanne Bartley.
What do they say about us on the other side of the world?
And what do you know about them?
This exhibition unites the northern and southern hemispheres through the work of jewellery and object artists from Australia & Estonia. In each country statements were collected from ordinary members of the public about their knowledge and opinion of the other country. Each artist chose a statement about their country from someone on the other side of the world. The piece they made is a reaction to this statement.
Words spoken across the globe invite a personal study of our own culture and a reaction to other's perceptions of who we are. Each piece is a navigation of an outsider's perspective and the resulting realisations and revelations about our own identity.
The two cultures have been explored through unverified perceptions and understandings. The resulting objects are repositories of both cultural and personal narratives. They examine the global flow of information between two physically and culturally separate countries and provoke an international exploration of self.
I would like to acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the unceded land on which I was born, live and on which my work is made. And to recognise their continuing creativity and connection to making. I pay my respects to their Elders past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this country. And all First Nations people around the world.