ID numberART94226
Collection typeArt
Measurementsheet: 114 cm x 176 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakereX de Medici
Place madeAustralia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made2009
Physical descriptionwatercolour on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionA 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.