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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

Primary Insc: Stamped on A, B, C: “C”; stamped on A, B, C: “925”
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982
Accession No: NGA 84.3217.A-J
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.
Image rights: © Norman Creighton

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