Cook's Gaze

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2014) Cook's Gaze.

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Cook's gaze is a digital image depicting Captain Cook with a raise arm indicating his power over his dominion. However, the work of art, Cook's Gaze, indicates a fusion between environmental degradation and the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia. In the image, Cook's gaze, the landscape and sky are infested with bleached coral. Cook is powerless to stop the bleached coral from invading his clothes, his body and the land. Half of the Great Barrier Reef that Cook claimed has now been lost to coral bleaching.

Research Statement

Research Background The research background centres on the capacity of art to direct peoples’ attention to aspects of culture that may not have previously been brought to light. The work of art, Cook’s Gaze, indicates a fusion between environmental degradation and colonizing forces commencing with the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia. The image of Captain Cook with his right arm raised suggests power over a dominion, however, it spoiled due to an invasion of bleached coral.
Research Contribution Cook’s Gaze makes a contribution to new knowledge by directing attention to aspects of life that may not have been recognized. The conflation of Captain Cook and a wasteland of bleached coral represented in the work of art in the image may illicit reflection regarding the manner in which the Western life style has contributed to the denigration of the natural environment. The work makes a research contribution is the manner in which new understandings of life, in relation to the bleaching of coral, are suggested by the work.
Research Significance The significance of this research is the original manner in which it directs thinking to issues of our time. The contemporary arts are noted for the way in which artists respond to conditions of living in the present. Works of art are significant in terms of research when they extend human understanding in and through the arts. The work of art, Cook’s Gaze, aims to make such a contribution.
Item ID: 36005
Item Type: Artefact
Media of Output: Digital Image 20cm x 25cm
Keywords: coral bleaching, art, digital image
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This work was included in the exhibition: 'Exodus: Coral Bleaching and Heat Stress' held at KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 12 May - 21 June 2014. See the Related URLs link below for the exhibition catalogue and more information.

Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 00:50
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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