‘A place not like Home’ features two new bodies of work created in response to the regional towns and stories of Port Macquarie and Branxton in the Hunter Valley.
Elements of the first exhibition, To see the ocean for the first time were created through a residency with the Glasshouse Regional Gallery where Fuller worked with the story of local identity, Harry Thompson; a man who won the lottery, bought a caravan, got bogged on Shelley's beach and ended up staying there for forty years. He is the namesake of Port Macquarie's iconic Harry's Lookout. The second body of work, My Brother calls this place God’s Country uses the town of Branxton to explore the language of regional Australia, its culture, architecture and urban identity, the mundane, the uncanny, the absurd and the ubiquitous.
According to Fuller, there is a special type of magic in the towns and communities outside of Australia's metropolitan centres. These places, often remote, sometimes shrinking in population, sprinkled with architectural structures of the past and communities rich with quirk and charm, are a catalyst for uniquely Australian stories. These stories, and in a way these places, are a delicate balance of the bittersweet, the resilient and the bleak.
A place not like home brings together two recent hand-drawn animations which draw from regional rural experiences as the stimulus for storytelling and considering the Australian fringe experience.
— Todd Fuller, 2019