Copyright © Lisa Stewart 2018 - 3033
Site-responsive installation (soil, yoghurt, electrical tape), sound work and collages at the Australian Embassy Berlin
Island looks at alternative visions of Australian landscape portraiture. Departing from the idyllic images that typically represent the young nation, the works depict some of the direct experiences that the ancient landmass has encountered since European colonisation in 1788.
The floor installation Island: Young Culture, Old Soil shows an island landmass carved out like an open-cut mine. Sculpted from 640kg of soil with pits coated with yoghurt and a border of electrical tape, the work is a visual pun on the detrimental effects of white culture on the so called "Australian" landscape. (Let it be stated that sovereignty has never been ceded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the original inhabitants of this country currently mined and sold by the colonial commonwealth government.)
Accompanying sound work Island: What the Birds Say layers original and found recordings of the Australian lyrebird collected in the last decade. The lyrebird is known for its ability to flawlessly mimic other birdcalls (learnt from what can be heard in its environment). In recent years the lyrebird can also be heard mimicking various artificial and industrial noises, a reflection of the changing state of its habitats.
Collage series Sheep 'n' Footy frames unintended collages found within ‘The Age’ newspaper Melbourne, March 2016.Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', 2016 - installation +18 days, sprout growing Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', installation at Australian Embassy Wallstraße Berlin, 2016 Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', installation of soil, yoghurt, electrical tape, 2016 Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', 2016 - installation + 18days, yoghurt mould Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', 2016 - installation day 0, pre-formation Lisa Stewart 'Island: Young Culture, Old Soil', 2016 - installation stain, + 52days, post destruction Lisa Stewart, 'Sheep ‘n’ Footy: enforcing the rules is better', 2016 newspaper print on paper, 40 x 30cm Lisa Stewart, 'Sheep ‘n’ Footy: rushing them through', 2016 - newspaper print on paper, 30 x 40cm