16.04.2011 - 5.06.2011
Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition 2011, PICA
installation - turmeric, cornflour
Negotiations is an immersive site-responsive installation that employs everyday materials such as turmeric, cornflour and plastic lace to screen-print directly onto the wall surface.
Negotiations employs accesible materials (turmeric, wool batting and plastic lace as stencil), to explore Australia’s current relationship with the Middle East. Turmeric, as a commodity, is a product of India, yet due to its history of trade through the Middle East to greater Europe, it is largely associated with this geographic location.
For some, the richly patterned walls and soft pristine floor of the installation, evoke a meditative space similar to a temple. For others, the repugnant smell of turmeric can be assaulting and overpowering. For many the artwork does not exist in stasis, but instead shifts between the inviting and the repulsive, echoing common Western sentiments of the East (as both exotic and dangerous). The encounter of the installation is informed by the viewer’s own background and position: it is they who negotiate the space and its conceptual underpinnings.