This work is also influenced by Staffordshire figurines, particularly those made to commemorate particular events or individuals. The figurines were knick-knacks that were sold at fairs and often commemorated events such as famous murders. The miniature and the figurine both skirt the area of kitsch. A great deal of the historical ceramic work I am referencing could be defined as kitsch.
This tableau operates as a kind of allegory, which was a common characteristic of tableaux in the past. The work also draws from the idea of an ‘Australian Gothic’, where the outback and its inhabitant creatures stand in for the ‘other’. From as early as first settlement, Australia has been regarded as both a bountiful utopia and a hellish place where nature seemed uncannily strange or hostile. Pop-cultural references such as the film ’Wake in Fright’ and the Triffid’s song ‘Lonely Stretch’ were uppermost in my mind whilst devising and making these pieces.