Discovering the Gridded City
2015 82 x 120 cms
Without reviewing the history of settlement in Alice Springs since David Lindsay surveyed it in 1888, the town has grown on and about its original grid. It’s social problems are no secret and its persistent social divide, by and large of racial character, have been the subject of much of my work, not to mention regular airing in popular media and literature. In a work pre-dating this I’d pictured a similar group of Arrernte, the original custodians of Mpwernte/Alice Springs, bemused at discovering a rondel of casked wine in the dry riverbed of the Todd rather than the mythical inland sea, so desired by C19th explorers in search of mineral and grazing potential. Here, the very town itself is the unearthed object with its western grid, alien to the natural acreage surrounding it.