Public Art

Fiona Foley discusses her new series, Horror has a Face.

"In her PhD research, artist Fiona Foley asserts that opium was introduced in Queensland in 1897 with the aim of making Aboriginals a compliant source of labour. She casts opium as 'the Trojan Horse' used to gain access to Aboriginal communities and control lives through the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act.

Louise Martin-Chew spoke to Foley about her solo show, Horror has a Face, which is part of her PhD research. In this series Foley uses photography and sculpture to draw attention to two faces: historic colonial figures Archibald Meston and Ernest Gribble. On the way, she recreates images drawn from history, and her imagination, about opium use in early Queensland, sexuality and mixed race unions. There is a personal and Badtjala perspective in these sumptuously layered images." - Art Guide Australia

Read Louise Martin-Chew's full interview here.