Australia 1960 – 2004
Untitled, from the series cloud [bible]
2000, printed 2005 Description: Bible
Collection Title: Cloud series
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, chromogenic pigment print Printed on Epson Stylus Pro 9600, by Sandy Barnard
cloud was Riley’s final work, and his first to fully embrace digital photography. Across a series of ten beautiful and deeply elegiac images of objects floating in a cloudy sky, Riley considered the complex question of belonging in Australia. A floating boomerang, a cow, a feather, a locust, an angel and a bird’s wing each reflect on the relationship between Indigenous Australians, Christianity (Riley was raised a Catholic) and attachment to Country. In this image, an open bible faces towards the earth, remembering the Christian missionaries who once held such influence with Riley’s community around Dubbo.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra