Onespace Onsite Project #3 – Debbie Taylor (Worley) & Di Hall

Onespace was pleased to host QCA Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art Honours students, Di Hall and Debbie Taylor (Worley) throughout July 2018 for their Onsite Project #OO3. The project acted as a platform for practitioner and community engagement, as well as an opportunity to investigate installation in the space. A closing event was hosted on Friday 27 July, 2018 where both artists presented a full installation of their works throughout both gallery spaces. Both artists discussed their works, their Onsite Project experience and the impact it has had on their practice.

Listen to the full chat below:


The works created onsite were as follows:


Before Gavrinis #I  #II  #III
Mixed medium on raw canvas

Based on petroglyph (ROCK CARVING) design from the Gavrinis Orthostats in France, aged at approximately   6,000BCE. These carved megalithic rocks formed a long narrow corridor to an underground women’s ceremonial space. It formed a temple where the divine feminine was worshipped. The interesting thing about this design is that it is eerily similar to the motifs used by Central desert Indigenous women in their depictions of women’s business. Therefore, we have this connection between 8000-year-old European art and contemporary Papunya art which is based on a 60,000-year-old tradition, with the same motif!

Maid, Mother, Crone
White, red and dark raku, glaze

Prior to the sexualisation of the Goddess, she was represented in each of these archetypes.
The Maid: white to represent life and death (understood to be the same, as death is just a transition to a new life)
The Mother: red to represent the time of fertility (her blood time)
The Crone: black, to represent wisdom, particularly that of the powers to be harnessed from the earth. The sacred bird (the holder of wisdom) emerged as this piece was being constructed.


This is a three-part installation discussing the government policy of rationing under “the protection of Aboriginals act 1852”. Rationing was the replacement of Aboriginal people’s natural food resources with distributions of flour, tea, sugar and blankets by the early colonisers.

Sugar Coated
This work functions as a metaphor  for sugar coating government policies which were said to protect Aboriginal people but were actually just a form of government control. The toffee dampers suspended from the ceiling are sweet and alluring but have an insidious nature. The toffee dampers drip onto the flour dampers which was a staple food made out of the flour rations.

1 pound 2- 1/2 ounce
1 pound of flour, 2 ounces of sugar and half an ounce of tea was the daily amount of rations that was distributed weekly. These rations also became a source of payment for labour by Aboriginal people.

Distribution of the rations was on the full moon. Blankets were distributed once a year on the Queen’s Birthday. The blankets were away for the ‘Police of Aborigines’ to keep track of any unruly Aboriginals on the colonial frontier, they were also used as a form of reward and punishment. Many Aboriginals were brutally punished for losing their blankets.


Photo: Andrew Willis