Breaking the Chains of Colonial Linearity: In the Studio with Dean Cross

5 Aug 2020

“I have a politicised body and so my work is therefore inherently political. But I think the trends, the market, or however you want to describe it, supports work that fits into a certain narrative about Aboriginal art. I’m trying to speak beyond that language.”

“I describe it as Aboriginal art being in its Mannerist phase. We’ve had our Renaissance—and I’m indebted and grateful to the brilliant artists that have come before me, no doubt—but actually, I think that you then also have this responsibility to push and broaden that spectrum of what Aboriginal art can and can’t be. We have to continue that conversation which is currently rooted in a prohibitively colonial thinking.”

CoBo Social speaks to Dean Cross on mannerisms, digital imagery, studio practices and politics of Aboriginal art.