Through the placement of specific historical objects into the landscape and by throwing projections onto the terrain, I aim to illuminate representations of Australia from the past by bringing them into the present. The resulting works are hybridised landscapes that reveal the multiple historical paradigms informing our present-day relationship to country.
In the Bicentennial year of the settlement of Bathurst and the subsequent opening of the eastern interior of Australia to exploration, I will follow the early pathways journeyed, stopping at significant locations to enact installations in the landscape. The region as a whole is richly represented in Australian historical collections, from explorers' journals, to drawings, prints and paintings. The English explorer Thomas Mitchell depicted these regions in his journals of discovery titled, 'Three expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia, 1835' from which the title of the project is borrowed. An antique mirror and descriptive text taken from journals will reflect and emerge from the terrain, resulting in truly incongruous images that record in real time both past and present ideologies.
"I acknowledge the Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Ngarigo and Dharug nations who are the traditional custodians of this land on which I have made this work. I pay my respects to Elders both past and present and extend that respect to other Indigenous people present." Nicole Welch