Billy Brain

White Wash

Terracotta with manganese dioxide glaze, under glaze, clay slip and gold lustre/ Bottle 1 – 77 x 25 x 23 cm, Bottle 2 – 67 x 25 x 25 cm , Bottle 3 – 75 x 30 x 30 cm, Bottle 4 – 39 x 13.5 x 14 cm / White Man – 52.5 x 40 x 18 cm

Price: $3,000 for the set; or Bottle 1 – $1,000 / Bottle 2 – $800 / Bottle 3 – $600 / Bottle 4 – $250 / White Man – $650

White Wash, explores the notion of localism within surfing culture, and examines how Billy Bain, as an Aboriginal man fits into this concept. Bain understands the beach space to be continually under white possession, reaffirmed through performative acts of masculinity by the white male bodies of surfers, lifesavers and soldiers. The clay beer bottle is posited as both a vessel for these hegemonic masculine rituals and as a metaphor for the body. Using subversive humour, Bain’s creation of clay bodies seeks to decolonise the Australian beach, a space where the Indigenous body has been systematically denied.

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July 10, 2019 10:32 am


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