The Uninvited | Original
Terrs Nullius, a Latin phrase meaning ‘land belong to no one’, was used by the British government to justify the settlement of Australia by English settlers.
From the time of Captain Cook’s arrival, the colonists brought with them foreign farming practices, introduced new species and cleared the land; forever changing the natural balance of a country that was already inhabited.
This table setting signifies the presence of these uninvited guests; overwhelming the landscape, in this case the helmeted honeyeaters, a now critically endangered native bird that only exists as a tiny relict population in Victoria.
Dimensions: 640mm (w) x 640mm (h)
Medium: Acrylic on Cradled Wood, Custom Framed with Hand Painted Pin Stripe
Rachel Favelle is an Australian Pop Surreal artist and illustrator, living and working from her coastal studio in the Gold Coast. Growing up in country Australia; surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, dusty roads and watering holes, Favelle spent most of her childhood exploring and making meaning of her environment. She quickly became fascinated by the potential for Art to express those intangible experiences and narratives that unfolded in her mind as a child.
“While many of my previous bodies of work focussed on fairy tales and mythology, it is always the narratives and wonder of my own childhood that keep calling me back. I grew up in a small country town near the Warrumbungle National Park. Sitting around campfires, riding down dirt roads and climbing trees to pick mulberries in my back yard opened my eyes to the beauty in nature. It was an invitation to create my own imaginary worlds in these solitary places and drawing was a perfect way to express this.”
Favelle’s creatures reflect a strong connection to their environment and the history of a land that has been forever changed by colonisation. Delicate fabrics such as lace, juxtaposed against Australian flora and fauna, have become a metaphor for the fragility of the Australian environment. Favelle’s English heritage brings with it a responsibility to not only understand the delicate tapestry of this land but reveal the human impact brought about by the choices of her ancestors.