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Constructing nature: Trans-Tasman resonances and uncanny monstrosities
presentationposted on 2018-05-04, 00:00 authored by Meredith Randell
This paper will detail the conception of landscapes that consume, breathe and reproduce - visually and audibly - so that these typically hidden botanical events can be experienced as a series of cinematic artworks by artist Merri Randell. The cinematic nature of Randell’s work playfully challenges enduring colonial Australian cinematic landscape myths which demonise the Australian landscape such as ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (Weir 1975) where the rock has been accused of seducing and consuming the missing school girls - rendering the landscape not only the crime scene but murderer and carnivorous predator. The discussion around non-indigenous cinematic myths of the Australian landscape are introduced through a contextual discussion based on theories from Australian writers Ross Gibson, Robin Wright and Kirsty Duncanson about the landscapes presented in ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (Weir 1975) and ‘Long Weekend’ (Eggleston 1978). This discussion is further contextualised through a discussion of the representation of landscape in post-Mabo cinematic myths; ‘Mister Chuck’ by indigenous director Tracey Moffatt (beDevil 1993); ‘Lantana’ (Lawrence 2001) and ‘Van Diemen's Land’ (auf der Heide 2009).