About the work
The title ‘Certified Empty’ is borrowed from the ammunition boxes used in this large free-standing work. Drawing from the tradition of Art de Povera and the use of ‘poor or honest’ materials, the work includes found decommissioned ammunition boxes from the Australian military, concrete, plaster, coal and perspex. As a tall stack form with a concertina profile and architectural qualities, this free standing work has three large empty red perspex prims or pillars.The negative space articulates the questions around historical narratives and the notion of who’s story is presented. Specifically, the title plays on the term ’empty’ that traditional colonial and patriarchal narratives have used so often as a way to control and manipulate the story of conquest. Mimicking the language of control and authority , this work questions the voice of history against the ‘other’.
Certified Empty has been supported by Capital Airport Group.
Images from Silversalt Photography, pictured at Goulburn Regional Gallery