CAUTION: danger - Julie Monro-Allison
6 July - 2 August 2012
CAUTION: danger explores the intersections of fear, craft, and the Australian bush.
Julie developed this work during a two month residency undertaken in October and November 2011 at Birrarung House on Laughing Waters Road in Eltham, Victoria. She found she was living and working in a habitat environment with, among other wildlife, two Eastern Brown Snakes.
CAUTION: danger is an exhibition of new work that reflects on and responds to this experience of the bush as a place of danger. Using natural and discarded materials and a bush craft aesthetic, Julie has made a stockpile of small sculptures that could be used in threatening situations.
Bush crafts of regional Australia are distinguished by their use of materials that were easily available and techniques that did not require complicated equipment. They are often associated with the virtues of making do and creative innovation. CAUTION: danger explores the themes of fear, protection, and paranoia within this context.
IMAGE: Julie Monro-Allison, Winners (detail 1) 2011 Eggshell, lead, electroplated nickel silver