Naturally Disturbed focused on researching historical narratives in relation to the pastoral frontier of the Gawler Ranges in the north west of South Australia. In her photomontages Sue draws on a curious collection of photographs left by her great grandparent’s, who in the early 1900s managed a pastoral station called ‘Yardea’ in the Gawler Ranges. Left with little tangible evidence of their past, Sue’s research has taken on a speculative kind of journey where, by attending to the past through the combined engagement of photographs, archival material and field trips, she has searched for ways to reach a more nuanced understanding of the cultural mirage that lies behind colonial settler culture and its relationship to the land.
South Australian School of Art Gallery, University of South Australia, 2010
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