In the early days of settlement significant quantities of timbers such as Red Cedar, Crows Ash, and Hoop Pine were logged in the Gold Coast region, ultimately resulting in the clearing and degradation of large areas of rainforest and the dispossession of Aboriginal peoples from their land. Many of these timbers were used in house construction and boat building, surviving in this form to the present day. These works, created from salvaged copper boilers and other everyday metal objects, respond to our complex and often destructive relationships with the land.
Alicia Lane is a Brisbane-based multi-disciplinary artist specialising in jewellery and small objects. Lane completed a BFA with First Class Honours in 2013 and is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Visual Art at Queensland College of Art. Her work largely revolves around an ongoing investigation into relationships with the biological world and how they affect our sense of self, place, and identity. Her current research project centres on rainforest plants of the South East Queensland/ Northern New South Wales region, particularly those that have historically driven exploitative interactions with the environment and subsequently have become part of the fabric of everyday life in the present day built environment.
Lane has participated in numerous exhibitions and awards, and was awarded a Highly Commended in the 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Awards for Araucaria Necklace (2014).