Peta Clancy, ‘Undercurrent 2’ 2019 pigment inkjet print, 150 x 100 cm, edition of 5 + 1AP
Peta Clancy has created new works as part of her ongoing ‘Undercurrent’ series, which focuses on Victorian waterways to unearth hidden Indigenous histories. Her dramatic portraits of nature’s reflections articulate sites of significance within the Country of Baluk willam of the Woi wurrung and the Nguruk willam of the Boon wurrung. ⠀
Commissioned by Monash Gallery of Art, Clancy describes the starting point for the project as “a map on page 37 in The land of the Kulin (1985) by Gary Presland illuminating the cultural and environmental significance of the area prior to settlement. A hand-drawn line meandering throughout h the map indicates the Dandenong Creek, [which today] follows the same trajectory as it did prior to settlement. The creek begins in the Dandenong Ranges, traverses through the City of Monash and runs into what was Carrum Swamp, which has now been drained. Creeks and waterways were and still are significant to the Woi wurrung and Boon Wurrung people as they traverse their estate. In the photographs from the series Undercurrent I have explored sites along the Dandenong Creek.”⠀
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