Janenne EATON

Born 1950, Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in Melbourne

Road to the hills — a text for everything and nothing 2014 is an eerie and expansive work that draws together historical and contemporary threads to reflect on racial intolerance. Eaton's large-scale assemblage combines black modular, reflective panels with a convex mirror and text. Printed on the mirror is a photograph by John B Eaton (the artist's uncle) of a lonely country road from which the work derives its title. Contrasting with the peaceful, historical landscape, the reflective panels resemble the view from a surveillance camera and are scattered with symbols of skulls, bullet-holes and text. Dominating the mirrored black panels of the work is the reflected text 'THESE PEOPLE', a recognisable and dismissive reference to asylum seekers in the vernacular of Australian politicians. Eaton combines domestic and local historical references to confront an issue of global significance; the fear and prejudice against communities and individuals who are made to represent a set of abstract principles, their identities constructed in advance with little knowledge or understanding.

GOMA LEVEL 3

Gallery 3.1

Janenne Eaton, Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014

Janenne Eaton, Australia b. 1950 / Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014 / High impact styrene, enamel paint, aluminium, steel, fibreglass, fabric, mixed media / Courtesy: The artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne.

Janenne Eaton, Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014

Janenne Eaton, Australia b. 1950 / Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014 / High impact styrene, enamel paint, aluminium, steel, fibreglass, fabric, mixed media / Courtesy: The artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne.

Detail of Janenne Eaton's Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014

Detail of Janenne Eaton's Road to the hills – a text for everything and nothing 2014 .

panel discussion exploring themes of politics and representation in APT8

In this panel discussion exploring themes of politics and representation in APT8, join artists Sharon Chin, Liu Ding, Janenne Eaton and Taloi Havini.

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