This post is the online version of a paper presented at the Women*, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 symposium, at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. The summary states: Women*, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970 seeks to bring together diverging and complementary views on feminism, its history, practice […]

Slide from 'My Country', 1997 Tracey M Benson

In 1997 I created a looping video work on VHS – My Country. This work explored ideas of place, nationhood and identity by casting a critical eye on some of the iconic images and words that describe this land known as Australia. The idea for the work came when I found some old prints in […]

Words for Water: Mary, Stage 5

Description 9 Rivers is a collaborative project focusing on the importance of rivers. The project team comprises Anne-Britt Rage (NO), Anneke von der Fehr (NO), Josiah Jordan (NZ) and Tracey Benson (AU). The artists explore a range of media including photography, video, performance as well as augmented and virtual reality. It is the latest chapter […]

My most recent works are on display at the CSIRO Discovery Centre until 2 March 2018. For international followers CSIRO means “Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.” The exhibition, Ancient Journeys: Waters of the Past expands on the Waters of the Past project and the bigger Words for Water project. I am having a closing […]

Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley, photo by Tracey M Benson

Today it was hot. REALLY HOT. Apparently at 2pm the thermometer reached 40.6 at the Epic Exhibition Centre. It was even hotter in Western Sydney so I guess we should be counting our blessings. Our strategy for beating the heat today was to get to some places with air conditioning – mainly because we have […]

SCANZ Te Mahia crew

This year I plan to be more organised and so wanted to get this post up before the dust settles on 2017 – unlike my 2016 review post which was a wee bit late, coming out in early Feb :-). As 2017 came to a close, I enjoyed some quiet time with our family, not […]

Documentation of ‘Trace drawing’ Berkana, Laguz (inverted), Teiwaz in Fuglafjørður, photograph by Martin Drury

The notion of ritual is one which brings together many different aspects to creative practice. It has the ability to weave in stories of place and genealogy as well as a way of formulating process. Ritual is about making things sacred. To honour a process, a connection, a place. This is the kind of ritual […]