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'Vertigo'

Hayley Megan French

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Hayley Megan French

 

'Vertigo'


I look up from the base of a gorge in Western Australia. The ground feels unstable under my feet. I am overcome by the landscape that surrounds me. Personal, social, political, violent histories are embedded here. I am aware that these histories exist, but I do not know them, maybe I cannot really know them. Back home in Parramatta the landscape is different but still carries these histories. The feeling is the same: Vertigo. Unsettled, but at home.

Essay: 'On Vertigo' by Naomi Riddle

Lecture: 'The Place of Contemporary Australian Painting'

 

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
 

Dr. Hayley Megan French discussed ideas at the core of contemporary Australian painting today, driven by the questions that arise as an artist working in the unfolding discourse of the contemporary, the historical legacy of colonialism, and the unparalleled impact and influence of Aboriginal contemporary art on the Australian artworld.  French argued that with a growing knowledge of Australian colonial and postcolonial histories, contemporary Australian painting challenges us to think differently, about what we think we know, about place-making, and about our response.

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