flyblown 1998

flyblown is a conceptual photographic series based on beauty and decay in the Australian landscape. The series, made up of nine images which focus on icons and symbols within a landscape setting, runs parallel to Riley’s 1997 film Empire, which shares imagery, style and symbolism, as seen in the recurring motifs of the dead galah and cloud-reflecting cross. flyblown was exhibited both nationally, at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Sydney and Beyond the pale: Contemporary Indigenous art, the 2000 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in South Australia, and internationally, at Beyond myth: Otre il mito, part of the later section of the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. It is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

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