Madeline Bishop has just completed her second year of Visual Arts at the Australian National University, majoring in Photo Media. Madeline creates constructed works that blur the line between the real and the imagined, memory and fiction.
Artist statement: The Wolf Collection by Little Red Riding Hood
There are multiple versions of the story of Little Red Riding and in most the tale finishes with the wolf being killed and his fur being sold. In a modern world that values the rights of animals this tale seems to have a dated set of morals.
The Wolf Collection by Little Red Riding Hood draws attention to backwards elements in the story by using Little Red Riding Hood herself as the model for a series of advertisements selling the wolf’s fur as clothing.
The images are based on the poses of fur advertisements from the 1950s, a time where wearing fur was not only socially acceptable but was considered glamorous and a signifier of wealth. The series emphasises changing morals in society and questions the value of classic fairy tales as their messages become dated and irrelevant to modern standards.
Title: The Wolf Collection by Little Red Riding Hood
Medium: inkjet prints
Date: September 2011
This work was inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood Wall hanging created by Olga Basylevich.
Artist statement: The Antipodeans
The Antipodeans is an exploration of the archaic belief that the Great South Land would contain deformed beings in the place of humans. The monsters have been placed in a modern Australian context, involved in everyday human activities.
This series explores issues of post colonialism and highlights Australia’s cultural dependence on the western way of living. It comments on our dismissal of any previous culture Australia had before we were colonised. The work looks at the influence of nature vs nurture and questions how much we are affected by the culture around us and the culture of other countries.
Title: The Antipodeans
Medium: Inkjet prints
Date: September 2011
The Antipodeans is a response to Sebastian Münster’s map The Tabula Asiae VIII which is in the Four World Maps display. The work specifically responds to Münster's prediction that the Great South Land would contain deformed and disfigured people.