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ID number ART94226
Title Tetanus
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker eX de Medici (Artist)
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 2009
Medium watercolour on paper
Measurement sheet: 114 cm x 176 cm


A composite painting of some 25 photographs, this work does not depict a particular location. Instead it merges historical and contemporary motifs of the Solomon Islands to reveal a wrecked past and an uncertain future. Barefoot children play amongst unexploded ordnance and clamber over rusting American aircraft and amtracks left behind after the war. Through this scene wanders an Australian patrol, while in the background the dense rainforest has been clear-felled, the timber now stacked in massive piles. This work reveals the destruction and mess caused by continuous colonisation and exploitation of land that continues to this day.