penelope cain artist

New work, finalist Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Gallery

Undermine is a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Award, at the Campbelltown Art Centre, from 3rd Nov- 15th December, 2017.

Penelope Cain Undermine

Undermine, 2017 UV cured digital print on linen, fibreglass mesh, dyed rooster feathers, fabric, wood, plaster reinforced sandcastles, tape

Undermine pivots from a small painting by a nineteenth century former-convict and amateur artist, George Peacock. The painting looks along Sydney Harbour, encompassing a view of the emerging commerce and city of the colony, and was central to my previous exhibition, Profiteer Chic, at Artereal Gallery, July 2017.

In Undermine I have used fragments from this colonial landscape to photoshop a between-image, with an overlay of fibreglass mesh, depicting two oil rigs.

The linen work is framed by two fabric and feather banner forms, one of which rests on a pile of plaster-reinforced sandcastles.

In this work I was reflecting on ideas around extractive economics and colonialism, both old and new. I am also interested in territorialism and sovereignty- formal versus provisional and vernacular forms of spatial occupation. The expanded installation structures reflect on this interest.  When I was a child I shared the great Australian summer holiday experience at the beach- spending days by the beach umbrella, building small termporary cities of sandcastles, complete with seaweed flags and gumnut boats. Some of this spatial play is reflected in this work.

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award