Grilling Fred Williams, 2013
Artery Co-op Studios, Melbourne
Acrylic paint, barbecue, tomato sauce bottles, ceiling fan, plastic ruler, twine, white bread, yeast extract, butter
This studio performance explores ideas of Australian national identity through referencing the landscape painter Fred Williams and the popular backyard activity of hosting a barbecue. The simplistic referencing of Williams' painting style is combined with signifiers of national identity.
The Vegemite sandwich becomes the artists medium, the plastic school ruler is adapted to produce a haunting meditative soundtrack, and tapping drips of liquid hiss from the barbecue plate. This ritualistic and playful performance considers the roles of art and cultural identity in an internationalised society.