Zoe Walker: Somewhere Special

10 Jun–16 Jul 2000

ACCA, Dallas Brooks Drive, The Domain

Somewhere Special was the result of Scottish artist Zoe Walker’s residency in Australia. The exhibition consisted of a series of sculptures, videos and photographs depicting the artist in various scenarios including dressed as a kangaroo squatting at an outback watering hole, jumping off the tops of Scottish hills with a helium filled cloud balloon strapped to her back, and camped at Lake Eyre with a portable Scottish-styled mountain that she took with her as she explored the Australian landscape. By trying to make the unfamiliar familiar, Walker parodied her own attempts to come to terms with the Australian environment. Attempting a reconciliation between ludicrous European expectations and Antipodean reality, she highlighted the metaphorical baggage, ideas, expectations, fantasies and hopes which attend our travels, indeed those very things that keep us travelling.     

In the Press
2 July, The Herald Sun, 'My Trip' Travel