Zoe Golding

Secret Places, 2021

9 × 30 cm
I’ve always had a fascination with small things. They feel personal and intimate, like a little secret we keep to ourselves. Often when I lie in bed I think of places I would rather be, perhaps as some sort of escape. I hope you can escape for just a little while too and if you try hard enough you may even be able to fit through.
Zoe Golding is a multidisciplinary artist and a Bunganditj and Gumbaynggirr woman. Her early experiences with her Grandmother, who was also an artist, involved responding to her natural surroundings with a sense of connection to place and the values of custodianship. Engaging this child-like perspective in her practice, Golding employs a fictional narrative device in her work to explore places familiar and foreign, resulting in a whimsical and sublime rendering of the landscape. Having developed this particular approach to place, Golding is currently developing work in response to Nordic landscapes and children’s book illustrations – a place Golding has never physically experienced, creating a tension in her work between romanticism, connection to country and notions of innocence. Golding has recently completed studies in both design and visual arts. Her works have been displayed in numerous awards such as the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Award, Saltwater Freshwater Aboriginal Art Award & Contemporary Cultural Objects Exhibition and the yapang Emerging Art Prize.

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