The Island - Newcastle Art Gallery, 18 February - 7 May 2017
The Island - Newcastle Art Gallery, 18 February - 7 May 2017

This solo exhibition contemplates and questions Australia’s role in the asylum debate. ‘The Island’ as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help.

In Europe today, the mass movement of refugees and asylum seekers displaced by war and poverty is history repeated. Where once immigrants were embraced as a means to drive the health and economy of nations, today we turn inwards as the ideology of walls and fences become potent political capital. Seton  transforms and manipulates his marble sculptures into emphatic motifs and metaphors of these current socio-political themes and narratives. 

Photography: Mark Pokorny

  A Paddle…  2014 Bianco Carrara marble, timber 100.0 x 38.0 x 4.0cm    Someone died trying to have a life like mine  2013 Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing dimensions variable

A Paddle… 2014
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
100.0 x 38.0 x 4.0cm 

Someone died trying to have a life like mine 2013
Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing
dimensions variable

  Someone died trying to have a life like mine  2013 Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing dimensions variable

Someone died trying to have a life like mine 2013
Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing
dimensions variable

  The Island  installation view

The Island
installation view

  Seeking Safe Harbour  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, rope 101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm   The Best of All Possible Worlds  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, tarp, tin, bucket, sand, electric fan dimensions variable   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble imensions variable

Seeking Safe Harbour 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, rope
101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm

The Best of All Possible Worlds 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, tarp, tin, bucket, sand, electric fan
dimensions variable

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
imensions variable

  Folded Zodiac 03  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope 100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Life vest S (Emergency)  2014 Bianco Carrara marble 58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm   Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble dimensions variable   Paper Armada  2015 Bianco Carrara marble dimensions variable

Folded Zodiac 03 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope
100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Life vest S (Emergency) 2014
Bianco Carrara marble
58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
dimensions variable

Paper Armada 2015
Bianco Carrara marble
dimensions variable

  Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble dimensions variable

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
dimensions variable

  Folded Zodiac 03  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope 100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Life vest S (Emergency)  2014 Bianco Carrara marble 58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm

Folded Zodiac 03 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope
100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Life vest S (Emergency) 2014
Bianco Carrara marble
58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm

  Seeking Safe Harbour  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, rope 101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm

Seeking Safe Harbour 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, rope
101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm

  Paper Armada  2015 Bianco Carrara marble dimensions variable

Paper Armada 2015
Bianco Carrara marble
dimensions variable

  Odyssey  2014 soundscape dimensions variable

Odyssey 2014
soundscape
dimensions variable

  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

The Island - Newcastle Art Gallery, 18 February - 7 May 2017
  A Paddle…  2014 Bianco Carrara marble, timber 100.0 x 38.0 x 4.0cm    Someone died trying to have a life like mine  2013 Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing dimensions variable
  Someone died trying to have a life like mine  2013 Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing dimensions variable
  The Island  installation view
  Seeking Safe Harbour  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, rope 101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm   The Best of All Possible Worlds  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, tarp, tin, bucket, sand, electric fan dimensions variable   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble imensions variable
  Folded Zodiac 03  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope 100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Life vest S (Emergency)  2014 Bianco Carrara marble 58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm   Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble dimensions variable   Paper Armada  2015 Bianco Carrara marble dimensions variable
  Last Resort  2014 Wombeyan marble dimensions variable
  Folded Zodiac 03  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope 100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm   Someone Else’s Problem  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, timber dimensions variable (maquette)   Life vest S (Emergency)  2014 Bianco Carrara marble 58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm
  Seeking Safe Harbour  2015 Bianco Carrara marble, rope 101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm
  Paper Armada  2015 Bianco Carrara marble dimensions variable
  Odyssey  2014 soundscape dimensions variable
  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable
  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable
  Oilstone 04_Saturated  2016 Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank dimensions variable
The Island - Newcastle Art Gallery, 18 February - 7 May 2017

This solo exhibition contemplates and questions Australia’s role in the asylum debate. ‘The Island’ as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help.

In Europe today, the mass movement of refugees and asylum seekers displaced by war and poverty is history repeated. Where once immigrants were embraced as a means to drive the health and economy of nations, today we turn inwards as the ideology of walls and fences become potent political capital. Seton  transforms and manipulates his marble sculptures into emphatic motifs and metaphors of these current socio-political themes and narratives. 

Photography: Mark Pokorny

A Paddle… 2014
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
100.0 x 38.0 x 4.0cm 

Someone died trying to have a life like mine 2013
Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing
dimensions variable

Someone died trying to have a life like mine 2013
Wombeyan marble, nylon webbing
dimensions variable

The Island
installation view

Seeking Safe Harbour 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, rope
101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm

The Best of All Possible Worlds 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, tarp, tin, bucket, sand, electric fan
dimensions variable

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
imensions variable

Folded Zodiac 03 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope
100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Life vest S (Emergency) 2014
Bianco Carrara marble
58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
dimensions variable

Paper Armada 2015
Bianco Carrara marble
dimensions variable

Last Resort 2014
Wombeyan marble
dimensions variable

Folded Zodiac 03 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, rubber spigot, nylon rope
100.0 x 47.0 x 38.0 cm

Someone Else’s Problem 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, timber
dimensions variable (maquette)

Life vest S (Emergency) 2014
Bianco Carrara marble
58.0 x 45.0 x 35.0cm

Seeking Safe Harbour 2015
Bianco Carrara marble, rope
101.0 x 101.0 x 65.0cm

Paper Armada 2015
Bianco Carrara marble
dimensions variable

Odyssey 2014
soundscape
dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

Oilstone 04_Saturated 2016
Bianco Carrara marble, engine oil, glass tank
dimensions variable

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