Wild Thing uses digital imaging techniques to explore ideas about Australian identity, juxtaposing rural landscape scenes with urban tourist sites, sheep with human hordes. Commenting on the relationship between photography, painting and new media, Loder creates images that are part fact, part fiction.
Sparsely populated by individuated sheep, her radically elongated landscapes act as a metaphor for an Australian 'wooliness' about identity. In contrast, overly populated and fragmented European cityscapes depict tourist crowds flocking to common sites of attraction, oblivious to the fact that they are being photographed. Their oblivion raises questions about the nature of human identity, ethics and responsibility, particularly in relation to genetic modification and cloning.
Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council.
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