For Tracing inscriptions 2020/22, a purpose-constructed plotter printer is programmed by Robert Andrew to trace an undisclosed Yawuru textual content in Latin script, activating strings stretching above viewers’ heads that link
to the branches and rocks opposite. Devoid of ink, the traced letters and phrases are remaining invisible and undisclosed to the viewer. The artist seeks to upend the perceived hierarchy amongst published and oral languages – in this scenario, English and Australian Indigenous languages.

In excess of the program of the exhibition, swinging burnt branches and ochre-covered rocks — suspended by strings controlled by the plotter — gradually develop up obvious residue on the wall. The charcoal and ochre correctly generate State on to the walls, reminding viewers that they stand on Indigenous land. This undermines the trope that a gallery’s white walls develop a room where by artworks can be viewed with no external reference points.

The 100 strings divide the central wall into one particular-metre squares resembling an environmental study plan. The branches and rocks probe and subvert the grid’s restrictions by rubbing, leaping and crumbling around the demarcations – a reminder that mother nature are not able to normally be contained by human aspirations.

Robert Andrew ‘Tracing inscriptions’

Installing Tracing inscriptions 2020/22 / Photograph: L Wilkes © QAGOMA

Robert Andrew, Yawuru men and women, Australia b.1965 / Tracing inscriptions 2020/22 / Aluminium, electromechanical parts, rocks, wood, ochre / Courtesy: Robert Andrew and Milani Gallery, Brisbane / Images: N Harth © QAGOMA

‘Embodied Expertise: Queensland Up to date Art’ is in Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery 4, Gallery 5 (Henry and Amanda Bartlett Gallery) and the Watermall from 13 August 2022 to 22 January 2023.

Acknowledgment of State
The Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Contemporary Art acknowledges the Regular Owners of the land on which the Gallery stands in Brisbane. We fork out respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders earlier and existing and, in the spirit of reconciliation, accept the immense resourceful contribution Very first Australians make to the art and tradition of this state.

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Reconciliation Action Approach
QAGOMA has launched its inaugural Reconciliation Action Prepare (RAP) to guidebook its contributions to reconciliation. See the 2022–24 RAP.

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