Family tree

O'Brien, Kevin & Hanson, David (2011) Family tree. [Exhibition/Event]

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Artist's Statement:

These suspended shipping floats symbolise the artist's grandfather's home on Keriri (Hammond Island), where the trees are decorated with floats of all colours that have washed up on the beach. Across the entire Torres Strait, these floats, often from Asia, wash ashore and become decorative objects, strung from trees and hung from island shacks. Their vivid colours, and sometimes reflective glass surfaces, play against the lush tropical setting, while their re-use reflects the innovative character of island life.

This arrangement of the floats represents the artist's family tree, which he has traced back six generations to Mer (Murray Island) and Keriri. The strings of orange floats represent his immediate family and direct lineage, each member of which is named on a float, with the totem of the family painted on the base. The remaining floats trace additional ancestry and spread further back through time and space, spanning the Torres Strait from west to east.

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ID Code: 76302
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Funders: Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
Material: Installation of stainless steel cables of marine polystyrene floats
Measurements or Duration: 5.8 x 12.4 x 5.8m (installed, approx.)
Number of Pieces: 1
Publisher: Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
Location: From date: To date:
Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, GoMA, Brisbane, Australia 2011-07-01 2011-10-09
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 23 Sep 2014 22:44
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2014 01:42

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