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brumby mound #5
from the one dozen unnatural disasters in the australian landscape series 2003

type C photograph
109.4 × 220.9 cm (image) 125.4 × 237.0 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Central, Australia
ed. 11/15
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2004
© Courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

Brumby mound #5 2003 is one of a series of photographs by Rosemary Laing that explores the way European culture has often been uncomfortably imposed on an ancient land.

Laing chooses a desert-scape that many identify as quintessentially Australian as the setting for her interventions. The location is the Wirrimanu community lands around Balgo in north-east Western Australia. Onto these traditional lands Laing has incongruously placed items of mass-produced furniture painted to mimic the surroundings.

The words ‘brumby mound’ in her title are a reference to the introduced horses (or brumbies) that are feral and roam uncontrolled, much like the spread of furniture.

The seductive beauty of these panoramic images shows the vast spectacle of the Australian bush and makes the disjunction of the natural and the unnatural all the more apparent.