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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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KINGS Artist-Run acknowledges the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

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Mining subjectivities

Carolyn Craig

01 June 2019–22 June 2019

Mining subjectivities uses open cut mining sites as a point through which to investigate colonial extraction economies over both the landscape and the subjective landscape of bodies. The project started through Carolyn Craig’s obsession with mining images on the internet that replicate the sublime landscape.

These images use the western metaphoric trope to enact a sequence of ideological power relations over processes of viewing and consuming place. Craig appropriates these images and then intervenes with them through drawing processes to bring back bodily desire into the landscape of extraction. These images are then returned to the materiality of mining through the use of substances that mimic the materials of extraction such as concrete, metal and building insulation rolls. Coal dust is integrated into the printed process in order to embed residues of man’s capital desire.

Image: Carolyn Craig, 2018, Mining Subjectivities, aluminium, red oxide dust iron filings, screenprint. 

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  • Carolyn Craig is an artist who works within the graphic mediums. She holds a PHD from the Queensland College of Art and teaches at the National Art School in Sydney. Her work has been a finalist in prizes such as the Burnie, Freemantle, Silkcut, Clayton Utz, Churchie, Bangkok Drawing and Print Triennial and the Marie Ellis Award in Drawing. Carolyn investigates the relationships of social power systems and how they are manifested in the gestural and language utterances of the body. Her material focus is in the intersection of indexical reprographic media and graphic drawing methodologies using traditional media in drawing and printmaking as well as new technologies in the digital arena. Of particular interest in the current JPEG Empire as manifest in an era of bio- internet discourse.