The communal activity of Aboriginal net-making inspired Jonathan Jones to interpret their patterns in light installations. In this work Jones has created a conceptual framework for human connectivity – the reflected light represents the fires of Sydney’s Cadigal people, referred to by early colonists in journals.

Jones has said of the work: These lines of reflection between two different cultures offered a moment – a moment to consider their relationship and retrospectively a moment in time when Aboriginality was acknowledged. The line of reflected light can be seen as the line connecting the two cultures.

Jonathan Jones, Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri peoples, Australia b.1978 | Lumination fall wall weave 2006 | Electrical cable, light fittings, bulbs on painted MDF board | The Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award 2006 (winning entry). | Purchased 2006 with funds from Xstrata Coal through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’ is currently on display at GOMA until 7 October 2013.

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