Maffra, Victoria, Australia born 1943
Australian Farm Game
c 1979 Description: nine pieces on board (10)
Place made: Eltham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, brass, copper, nickel, silver... brass, copper, nickel, silver, titanium, acrylic sheet
The hard reality of rural economics is encapsulated in this work. With the same materials and skills as silversmiths used in the 19th century when making elegant silver and gold table centrepieces to celebrate rural wealth and achievement, Creighton updates this form of conspicuous consumption to the form of the executive desk toy. With the detachment of the ‘city farmer’, windmills, water tanks and kangaroos can be moved about the game board in futile rearrangements of dwindling resources.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra