Circular Settlements represents the output of a three year research project spanning across Australia and Scotland.
An installation incorporating sound, turf, video and print, Circular Settlements reflects on dislocation and loss. In each medium a range of actions typically associated with the claiming of cultures or sites is repeated. These actions are attempts to access a connection to place by referencing colonial land clearing, cultural appropriation and performance. The result is a collection of surreal and at times humorous attempts to claim place and culture, creating an awkward space of displacement and vulnerability.
(Title Circular Settlements is borrowed from Isobel Parker Phillip’s review of Exile’s Lament for The Art Life)
Siân McIntyre is a Sydney based artist and curator and a current Masters candidate and APA recipient at UNSW Art and Design. In 2013 she undertook a practicum exchange placement at Glasgow School of Arts and completed a residency in Olofström Sweden. Siân has exhibited in Sydney, New York, Glasgow, San Francisco, Sweden and is currently working on a creative project in Darwin. Her practice is influenced by intermittent work at Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT as a casual art consultant over the past 7 years. Siân was one of four founding Directors of The Paper Mill and is currently the curator/manager at Verge Gallery Sydney.