Clare Steele
Unease/J, 2019
Archivak inkjet print in stained timber frame
55 x 37cm



Clare Steele is a photographer who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne). Through her practice she seeks to construct a contemporary narrative of people’s emotional and physical connections to place and each other.

'Unease/J.' is from the series 'Beneath' 2019 which looks at the concept of home, and how the places where we are raised plays a role in the construction of identity. How does a label like ‘Australian’ bring about feelings of guilt and restlessness? Having to embrace the ‘Australian larrikin’ narrative creates a feeling of personal unease; it reinforces an undercurrent of social injustices. This feeling is further exacerbated by a nation-wide reluctance to face the history from which modern Australia benefits. Beneath reflects on these unsettling feelings I often shy away from, but am forced to confront in the places I call home.

Finally, there has never been a more important time to support the arts, artists and independently artist run galleries who provide amazing opportunity and support to the community.

Courtesy of the artist.

B-side artist: Josephine Mead





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