Steaphan Paton found this traditional tapestry (maker unknown) and actively intervened in its aesthetic and meaning through stitching by his own hand. His interventions are striking; they seek to bring to life the realities of the impact of colonialism on the first nation's peoples and the fact that there were battles between the original custodians of the land and white settlers. This work was acquired following its inclusion in the exhibition Re-visioning Histories, curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson. The exhibition included artists from across Australia and was held at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre from 18 June to 21 August 2016.
Steaphan Paton is a member of the Gunai and Monero Nations. He grew up in rural Victoria. His work explores colonialism, tradition, concepts of race and conflict. Influenced by his home country, ‘Gippsland’ and his experiences, Paton uses painting, sculpture, installation and video to articulate his worldview. His work is held in many public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia and the Melbourne Museum.
Image © Steaphan Paton.