Don’t Fence Me In

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC)
Thursday 9:00am – 8:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 8:30pm
Saturday 9:00am – 8:30pm
Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Don’t Fence Me In

Dale Collier and Amala Groom

Don’t Fence Me In is a work about the manifestation of arbitrary lines and induced states of abstracted disorder. As a rudimentary form of architecture, fence lines are drawn to keep people out, animals in, and constricted minds at ease. The fence is a violent intervention into native habitats; a sign of disassociation and dis-integration that cuts across song lines with perceived perimeters of ownership, order and control. They are chaotic, violent, made from strangling rusty wire and rotten timber posts that fall apart with time, similar to those old Australian dreams that fought tirelessly to erect them. The psychological investment made within these structures is one of security, but maintaining them is hard work, much like trying to prevent an introduced species from destroying an environment they are completely unaccustomed to. Don’t Fence Me In is a site-specific creative action that dismantles traditional connotations of labour in relation to the boundaries and barriers that we place upon ourselves, each other, and upon Country.
Find this work in the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC) foyer.

Artist Biographies

Darkinjung/Wiradjuri artist Dale Collier is a socio-politically engaged practitioner whose work cross-examines contemporary falsehoods, nationalistic propaganda and complex co-opted Scottish settler & British convict traditions. Often manifesting as institutional critique, Collier’s site-specific projects traverse live spaces and places of key cultural, geo-political and environmental concern.
Amala Groom is a Wiradjuri conceptual artist whose practice is informed and driven by First Nations epistemologies, ontologies and methodologies. Articulated across diverse media, Groom’s work often subverts and unsettles western iconographies in order to enunciate Aboriginal stories, experiences and histories, and to interrogate and undermine the legacy of colonialism.
Collier and Groom are trans-disciplinary artistic researchers who utilise socially engaged practice to examine the role of 21st century artists and activists when challenging post-colonial frameworks. Through creative action their projects aim to disrupt and destabilise the residual affects of colonisation while offering new positions and resolutions for a more sustainable approach to the contemporary Australian experience.
In 2010 Collier graduated with 1st class honours in a Bachelor of Digital Media from the Queensland College of Art receiving the Award for Academic Excellence. Collier has won numerous awards including the Margaret Olley Post Graduate Art Scholarship Award, University of Newcastle 2014; the Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling scholarship Maitland Regional Art Gallery 2016 and The Annual Student Art Prize, Wattspace student Gallery 2017. Collier is a current PHD Research Candidate at The University of Newcastle.
In 2017 Groom won the Mayors Choice Award, MIL-PRA Award, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and in 2018 was the winner of the Southlands Emerging Art Award (Breakthrough – Visual Artist). Groom’s work is in the permanent collections of Blacktown Art Centre and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and is currently a Director on the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Board.
In 2018 Collier and Groom founded Ilford Arts Projects a First Peoples First arts consultancy organisation and are currently engaged with the Orange Regional Museum on the Villages of the Heart project.

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