The Way Life Should Be (2)(Group Exhibition - The Oyster's Locale)

Margaret Woodward, Justine Phillips

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The Way Life Should Be 2', exhibited at the 'Oyster's Locale' , employs souvenir tea towels as the foundation to make a body of creative work which tests ideas relating to place, tourism and national identity. The work highlights the role of codes, symbols and icons that develop into what Dean McCannell calls 'tourist markers' and questions their contribution to ideas of place, national identity and the tourist experience inviting audiences to look beyond the surface to a deeper, more complex understanding of where we live. It is the result of an ongoing collaboration between artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward which aims to explore and challenge the nature of tourism, truth, fiction and the depiction of Australian culture and society through collected tourist ephemera. The 'Oyster's Locale' was a group exhibition of artists whose practice emerges from regional Australia who engage in conversations that cross the boundaries of their chosen locale. This exhibition was part of the program of the Regional Arts Australia National Conference 'Junction' 2010 held in Launceston, Tasmania. This was the second installation of the work, first exhibited at Linden Gallery in 2010, with each one growing in scale. This work is also part of the on-line Australia Project, , a series of creative initiatives launched in 2010 and dedicated to exploring Australian identity and currently visiting communities in each state and territory.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLaunceston, Tasmania, Australia
PublisherArts Alive
SizeVintage footstools upholstered with souvenir teatowels
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventRegional Arts Australia National Conference 'Junction' -
Duration: 25 Aug 201003 Oct 2010


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