CURRENT EXHIBITION ~ BROACHED MONSTERS BY TRENT JANSEN
17 FEBRUARY - 19 MARCH 2017 ~ CRITERIA COLLECTION, MELBOURNE
Lou Weis, creative director of Broached, invites you to Broached Monsters by Trent Jansen.
Prior to colonisation Australia was imagined, in the northern hemisphere, as a vast southern landmass…and little else was factually known. Fabulous creatures, of incredible proportions and improbable anatomy, filled the void of knowledge.
Fear of these creatures was legitimised when early British colonists started to learn of the frightful monsters in Aboriginal folklore. This fear of what lurked in the unknown fathoms of Australian bush land soon became a point of cultural confluence for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Over 5 years of research and design investigation Trent Jansen has recreated two creatures that represent both Indigenous and non-Indigenous vernaculars – Pankalangu and the Hairy Wild Man From Botany Bay – suggesting these conflating myths as central figures for a national mythology that is inclusive of both cultures.