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wallflower
(neighbourhood watch)

2010
 
laminated ink jet prints on board with concrete 'besser' blocks
150 x 15 x 500 cm
wallflower (neighbourhood watch) is a photographic composite of mundane views taken through the windows of my parents home in Yallambee Court, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW. I spent much of my youth either gazing through these windows down to the culdesac, or being gazed at by my parents as I played in the backyard or street. Over time due to tree growth or extensions, the views have changed significantly and yet the nature of 'neighbourhood' viewing has not. By this I refer to the way we observe, reflect and assess what is in close proximity, for neighbours have the potential to know us, and the nature of this relationship means that we come to know them. The ten large images propped up on concrete blocks operate as a two sided/faced construct, much like a suburban fence where neighbouring viewers might catch fleeting glimpses of each other looking. The gloss surfaces encourage viewers to see 'the views' and themselves as if to look from my insides out.