Harrison Mäe, 'A Home Amongst (somebody else’s) Gumtrees', 2022. Drypoint etching, ink, watercolour, marker, acetate plates on Velin Arches 300/gsm paper, 38cm x 26cm. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

A Home Amongst (somebody else’s) Gumtrees is a series of hand-watercoloured drypoint etchings depicting my childhood memories of growing up in suburban Australia. The images were etched into acetate, inked, printed, coloured by hand, and the inked acetate placed over an uncoloured print. The work chronicles my experiences of an ‘idyllic’ Australian childhood and the problematization of this imagined ideal through learning of colonial violence and Indigenous dispossession present where I live on Dharawhal land. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.