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Navigator

NAVIGATOR

Accession ID:

2007.1

Name:

Navigator

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Julie Gough

Date:

2006

Description

‘Navigator’ has three separate elements – two canoes and a tea-tree stand. The large canoe is constructed from blankets, plastic, wire, wool and shells, and references the French artists Lesueur and Petit’s ‘Terre de Diemen, navigation, vue de la cote orientale de I’lle Schouten’ (1807) in the journals kept during the early voyages around Australia. Julie Gough collected the shells from beaches near her home in Tasmania for this work. The canoe, raised slightly off the floor on a small table with tea-tree stick legs, appears to float between worlds. Gough quotes the strong maritime culture of her people (Tebrikunna country in northeast Tasmania) by creating works that speak directly to this history. ARTIST STATEMENT: ‘My work is concerned with developing a visual language to express and engage with conflicting and subsumed histories. A key intention is to invite a viewer to a closer understanding of our continuing roles in, and proximity to unresolved National stories- narratives of memory, time, absence, location and representation.’ https://juliegough.net/artist-statement/


History

National Textile Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Aquired from 'In the World: head, hand, heart - Seventeenth Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial'.


Associated Subjects