Peter Bailey is a student at the Australian National University School of Art. He is currently in his second year studying digital media. Peter's main interests are digital video and photography but he works with a range of new media arts. He aims to explore experimental video techniques and photographic composition.
Artist statement: Great Sound Land
This animation is based on the actual mapping of the Australian continent and takes its inspiration from the collection of maps displayed in the exhibition. The animation intends to show how fragmented and strange the huge undertaking would have been. The imagery was intended to resemble not only the outline of Australia but also appear to be organic, like blood vessels, nerves or the strings of muscle. This was done to represent the human endeavour of mapping and colonising Australia. It is also intended to seem in some ways hostile, simply because the colonisation of Australia was not always peaceful and the land it self was a strange and unforgiving place to the first Europeans.
Title: Great South Land
Medium: computer animation
Date: May 2011
Peter took his inspiration from the Great South Land part of the Australian Journey's exhibition displaying early maps and interpretations of Australia.
Artist statement: First Impressions
First Impressions is a series of photographic sequences compiled into a time-lapse video. It was inspired by the vision the first European settlers would have had of Australia. The Australian Journeys exhibition highlights how settlers saw the Australian bush as a great unknown and how they mixed Aboriginal folklore into their own folklore with stories of Bunyips and Banksia men. Overall the main aim of this video was to show a photographic look at a classic Australian landscape, as the first settlers would have seen it.
Title: First Impressions
Medium: video (time-lapse)
Date: November 2011
Peter took his inspiration from documentation on the discovery and colonisation of Australia.