50 x 50cm Inkjet photographic print on cotton rag by Dominic White
This work is an outcome of Baluk Arts’ Gumbadik (Soft Tree Fern) project which connected local Aboriginal people of diverse heritage to one of the few original natural environments of the Mornington Peninsula. Endeavour Fern Gully in Red Hill which is managed by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), holds a rich history and cultural significance which captured the imagination of this important collective of Indigenous artists.
Dominic’s Indigenous connection is through his birth mothers line linking with the Mannalargenna and Plangermaireener (Ben Lomond tribe) people in Tasmania. Dominic has completed tertiary training in the visual arts and has been an artist for over thirty years. Dominic currently sits on Baluk Arts board of directors and has been involved heavily with the organisation since joining in 2015. His artwork explores themes of landscape and peoples interaction with place, family, genetics and biology.
"The word windbreak symbolises protection, and an object of protection is a shield. The shield shapes gives me emotional protection from the internal negotiation of who I am. This is apparent as I use found words in historical documents to piece together a concept."