COLD DRINKS / HOT SHOWERS
A portable portrait studio was established in a selection of the Northern Territory's more isolated roadhouses, with passers-by approached as sitters. The subsequent imagery provides an anthropological insight into the conflicting contexts representative of Northern Australia – both home and escape, adventure and malaise, affluence and penury.
Through the framing of the roadhouse as both literal backdrop and metaphoric axis between cultures, classes and identities, themes of transience and disparity are identified and explored. Individual portraits are named after the sitters’ home context and paired in contrasting diptychs, further highlighting tensions amid inconsistent and often incongruous Australian identities and ideologies.
Supported by NT Arts Regional Arts Fund.