A proposal for an artwork:
'Muddy Waters' is a proposal for a temporary intervention within Claremont's historical township (Perth, WA). The artwork is comprised of a video projection on limestone and an audio track. The video features a show-reel of photographs from Claremont's colonial history, appropriated from the town's 'Memory Wall' (Gugeri Street). The images have been obscured by muddy water collected from nearby Butler's Swamp (now Claremont Lake), which was once an ancient camping ground for the Mooro people and continues to be a sacred site. Once projected, the limestone wall appears to crumble and break-down the images. The audio that accompanies the video is a field recording from Butler's Swamp. The sounds capture various wildlife calls, as well as ongoing construction works. The proposed piece is to be installed beside the railway line, in close proximity to the 'Memory Wall'. The artwork seeks to invoke ongoing conflicts of land-use and problems of colonial imagery through subversion, materiality, site-specificity. It also calls the Archive into question and draws attention to the Archive as a means of constructing official versions of history that can simultaneously suppress and maintain colonial traumas.
This artwork is a collaboration with emerging Perth artist Matthew McAlpine. We would both like to acknowledge the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people in this land, especially those from the Whadjuk Noongar Nation. Through this work, we grapple with the colonial legacy we have been left and recognise that Australia is and always will be Aboriginal land.