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Painting the Colonial Folly


Haddon, N, Painting the Colonial Folly, Academy Art Gallery, Bett Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, The Glover Prize Exhibition, Hadley's Art Prize Exhibition, and Galerie Pom Pom (2017) [Published Creative Work]


The intention of this work is to present an alternative view of colonial architecture within a notional Tasmanian ‘Garden of Eden’. It does this by juxtaposing images from Doré’s Paradise Lost (1866) with stylised trees from a painting by John Glover (1832) and 19th century botanical illustrations of apple varieties. Flat, highly coloured geometric shapes intrude on this landscape to represent exotic architecture. A wide variety of technique, including UV printing, spray gun and oil painting amplify the disjunctive presence of these imaginary follies. The picturing of the follies as unstable forms suggests that heritage values are contestable, unfixed and ultimately subject to the whims of changing societal attitudes.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:migratory aesthetics, Tasmanian Painting
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Haddon, N (Dr Neil Haddon)
ID Code:129304
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-11-22
Last Modified:2021-11-11
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