This video artwork playfully challenges colonial Australian cinematic myths which demonise our landscapes, such as ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (Weir 1975) where the rock was accused of consuming the schoolgirls - rendering the landscape crimescene and murderer. GASH (2016) is a deeper exploration of the artists personal notion of identity. A life-size waterfall of exposed roots pulsing, quivering and twitching - we are inside a scar of compulsions. I celebrate diversity by creating worlds full of beautiful, hybrid monstrosities that seduce, beguile and disturb. These landscapes represent my experience of forests - vast in scale and detail, the same forms captured from different angles and perspectives - all shown at once - all connected. Through the addition of sound and motion these landscapes come alive and embody the typically hidden respiratory, digestive and reproductive botanical compulsions of these places.

  • Merri Randell
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Horror, Drama, Art
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 AUD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital photography
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  • Student Project:
  • Crossexions exhibition
    April 27, 2016
    Metro-Arts brisbane
  • Crossexions exhibition
    July 30, 2017
    Alaska Sydney
  • Art meets Science exhibition
    August 8, 2016
Director Biography - Merri Randell

I'm a visual practitioner. I work with all kinds of visual media to communicate different meanings. In 2014 I completed a doctorate where I playfully explored Australian cinematic landscape myths to explore identity and my relationship with the land.

I enjoy challenging and provoking ideas using visual language.

Born on the Victorian wheatbelt, I've travelled, lived and worked all over the world. I share my small flood-prone farm in Logan, south-east Queensland with a menagerie of rescued animals / humans.

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