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A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End: Mythmaking, Heroes and Villians - Art Exhibit

Published 1st February, 2019 in Exhibition and Shows
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    88 Main Street, Grenfell, NSW, 2810, Australia

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A Portrait of Landscape and Time in Hill End: Mythmaking, Heroes and Villains, is the latest exhibition and book from artist and writer Rebecca Wilson in which she unearths lessor known stories of the iconic town and disrupts common narratives of the region, questioning who the real heroes and villains are in recorded history and how we create myths and icons. The artist’s paintings and research takes viewers from Frontier War hero Windradyne and the shameful declaration of Martial Law in 1824 (an attempt at genocide against the First Nation’s People), to tales of murder and racism in the gold rush era, introducing Sammy Poo, also known as Cranky Sam, Australia’s only Chinese bushranger who eventually hanged at Bathurst in 1865. Intertwined through this investigation of stories across time, is the artist’s personal experience of living in the remote country town, marrying a fifth generation local of Wiradjuri heritage and facing her own mortality during recent illness. Simultaneously these works investigate how we remember events, create myths and perceive our heroes and villains through Hill End’s history but the works also comment on the broader concepts of truth and lies in society.

Published 1st February, 2019 in Exhibition and Shows

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