One of the most significant commissions of a Noongar artist in Western Australian history.
A new 34-metre long, 5-metre tall light-based artwork commissioned from Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun artist Christopher Pease takes up place on the Perth city skyline, wrapping around the exterior walls of AGWA’s new rooftop. Titled Targets, the work celebrates the ongoing importance of the Derbarl Yerrigan — the Noongar name for the Swan River — to Perth’s identity and its ecosystem. It’s one of the artist’s most significant public works to date and the largest public commission from a Noongar artist in Western Australian history.
In Targets, Pease reworks Frederick Garling’s 1827 colonial work Swan River – View from Fraser’s Point. His painting, printed on giant conjoined panels, sits in front of a layer of LED lights which, when lit at night, shine through perforated patterns referencing traditional Noongar body paint.
Such reproduction of classical works is typical of Pease’s practice. Pease’s visual language is at once deeply embedded within the western history of figurative oil painting and traditional Indigenous storytelling.
“In the end what Pease has created, really, is a reclamation of Boodjar (Country). Our Boodjar that was never ceded.” — Claire G. Coleman, The View From Here 2021
His multilayered paintings often comprise references to western culture superimposed over scenes of traditional Indigenous ways of living and interacting with nature, exploring the loss of Aboriginal culture as a consequence of Western notions of home and land ownership.
Christopher Pease is a Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun man from Western Australia’s southwest whose visual language is at once deeply embedded within the western history of figurative oil painting and traditional Indigenous storytelling. He is a highly regarded artist who won the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award, Prize for Painting in 2002 and was Highly Commended for the Western Australia Indigenous Art Award at The Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2009.
Pease is represented in numerous public collections around Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, The Art Gallery of Western Australia and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art along with other public and corporate collections, as well as significant private collections both here and in the USA.