The Yowie 2017
This video work references Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series. Cross has filmed his own version of the Kelly character in an Australian Army ‘ghillie suit’, colloquially called a ‘Yowie’. The bark helmet is made from the wood of an Australian eucalypt and has been painted with a white ochre stripe standing in for the rectangular void where the eyes would be. The figure is motionless, with the only reference to the passage of time being the gentle ripples in the water and the rustling of the reeds. At one point a singular fish jumps in the background. If you are not patient, you will miss it.
What are the stories and narratives that define our cultural and national identity? What do they signify and how might introducing different views change the way we understand them?