An image of Body of objects

Dale Harding

(Australia 1982 – )

Brisbane, North-east region
Language group
Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, Central Queensland

Body of objects

Not on display
Further information

Dale Harding's work explores the traditions and untold histories of his communities. His recent research has focused on the stencilled imagery that can be found at sandstone sites across Carnarvon Gorge in Central Queensland. These extraordinary rock art galleries record weaponry, domestic tools and ceremonial objects that are specific to the region.

In response to these enduring indexes of Aboriginal material culture, Harding has produced a suite of silicon cast objects using the stencilled imagery as a guide, along with objects that relate to his family history. The resulting installation complicates any easy distinction between notions of original and copy, traditional and contemporary, utilitarian object and cultural fetish. The forms are variously opaque and translucent, flaccid, and sometimes embedded with spikes. This mutability works to unsettle the conventions of their museum-style display, which references the way in which such objects have been displaced, exchanged and interpreted since colonisation.

Place of origin
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Cultural origin
Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, Central Queensland
Sculpture, Installation
silicone, steel, nails
dimensions variable
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Contemporary Collection Benefactors & Aboriginal Collection Benefactors 2018
Accession number
© Dale Harding