Ill-fitted presents a body of work that reflects upon the history of the assimilation of Australian Aboriginal women and their subjection to a western imposition of identity. This imposition involves a process where the subject’s sense of self is manipulated by a dominant cultural ‘gaze’.
In the exhibition, a connection is drawn between human flesh and the bark of the Melaleuca tree. More commonly known as paper bark, this natural substrate could be perceived as a bodily manifestation of an individual; however it also references a cultural connection to country. Within the work, paper ‘flesh’ is rearticulated into forms that have been used to restrict female Indigenous identity: for example, the construct of the dress.
Georgia MacGuire is the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2013 winner for both three dimensional works and Arts Victoria People’s Choice Award.
Part of Indigenous Arts Festival 2014.
Supported by the City of Melbourne
Image: Ill-fitted Young, 2013, paperbark and plaster bandage, 1100 x 600 x 250mm.