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Habits and Habitat

The Ronalds

This installation investigates our awareness of rural habitats on the verge of change, and perhaps even extinction. Almost all Australians live in urban settings, yet the bush has always held an iconic status as part of the Australian identity. The contents of the home are the guide to the human experience lived within its rooms – the marks on the kitchen wall measuring the height of growing children, photographs on the mantlepiece, the contents of cupboards – provide details for a sense of history.

Patrick and Shannon Ronald’s forensic photographic recreation of a life-size diorama of a farmhouse provides a voyeuristic look into another person’s habitat. The effect renders visible the dust settling on the furniture, the patterns in the bedspread, the texture of the papers on the shelves, the views into other rooms, and the contrast of the sun-drenched landscape beyond the windows.

Curator: Bec Dean

 

Presented by Ten Days and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

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TICKETS

Free event

DURATION

Fri 20 March – Sun 26 April, daily 10am-4pm (except Good Friday)

DATES

Launceston

Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk

Fri 20 Mar 2015, until Sun 26 Apr 2015,

SUPPORTED BY

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Detail from Habits and Habitat. Image courtesy of the artists

This installation investigates our awareness of rural habitats on the verge of change, and perhaps even extinction. Almost all Australians live in urban settings, yet the bush has always held an iconic status as part of the Australian identity. The contents of the home are the guide to the human experience lived within its rooms – the marks on the kitchen wall measuring the height of growing children, photographs on the mantlepiece, the contents of cupboards – provide details for a sense of history.

Patrick and Shannon Ronald’s forensic photographic recreation of a life-size diorama of a farmhouse provides a voyeuristic look into another person’s habitat. The effect renders visible the dust settling on the furniture, the patterns in the bedspread, the texture of the papers on the shelves, the views into other rooms, and the contrast of the sun-drenched landscape beyond the windows.

Curator: Bec Dean

 

Presented by Ten Days and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

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