This is a brief explanation of my 2007 exhibition at Brunswick Arts Melbourne

I was really excited to put together my first solo exhibition and I worked on it for a long time. The show was primarily photographic but also mixed media. I’ve put up images of my exhibition just to show how it looked.

The idea for it came from an experience I had while I was living with my father on his farm in NSW (Australia). I was out in the paddocks when I saw a Galah caught by its’ wing to a barbed wire fence. I soon discovered that I couldn’t free the bird but neither could I leave it there to die so I broke its’ neck. I’ll never forget the feeling of holding something warm, alive and breathing in my hands and then being the cause of those things ceasing. It really haunted me for a while.

When I moved to Melbourne I started Photography school. I’d be travelling on the public transport and now and then it would seem that I could see something struggling to free itself from the corner of my eye. I’d turn around and it would usually be a plastic bag caught on some wire and blowing in the breeze. So the plastic bag came to be a symbol for me.

This is a brief explanation of my 2007 exhibition at Brunswick Arts Melbourne

Alice Dunn

Melbourne, Australia

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