Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal
Accession Number ART94226
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 114 cm x 176 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker eX de Medici
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 2009
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Solomon Islands (RAMSI), 2003-2013
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

'Tetanus' does not depict a particular location, but instead 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 colonisation and exploitation of land that continues to this day.

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by eX de Medici 2011