An Aboriginal Dandy admires his latest Objet d'art acquisition
found objects, polymer clay, acrylic paint, model enamel, gold leaf, paper mache, scenery foliage
44 x 32 x 27cm
As an inversion of Western and Aboriginal cultures, this work is intended as a playful re-appropriation on Western art aesthetics transported onto Australian Aboriginal culture. I propose the question - ‘what if Aboriginal society was the dominant culture’. The Aboriginal Dandy is a fashionable macaroni of the Regency/Georgian periods. He is resplendent in his frills and brocades and wears a ludicrously large wig. Seated on his golden armchair, he admires his latest acquisition of a large black Venus bust while surrounded by a menagerie of native birds and lizards. This work is deliberately hyper- decorative to express the excesses of the time.
Photograph by Sharon West