Revealing a vivid childhood memory of wild flowers and a macabre family history, Heart Land explores narratives deeply rooted in the artist’s inherited connection to the Purga and Deebing Creek Missions, near Ipswich, Queensland.
Katina Davidson’s artistic practice explores concepts of genetic memory and its relationship with places of significance and her identity.
"Down the back where the most wildflowers are, that’s where their [our family’s] huts were”, are the words from an Aunty many years ago that sparked the body of work in Heart Land. She’s referring to the shanty’s that residents of the Missions (established under the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act of 1897) were forced to build from found materials for themselves and their families to live in, and the wildflowers that surrounded them.
Through intricate hand-moulded clay sculptures, a video work and oil paintings, Katina explores the flowers found on the Mission sites in memory of the oral histories that aren’t widely shared or acknowledged.
Opening night: Friday 7th October 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday 29th October 1–2pm