The cricket bat metaphorically suggests ‘fairness’ in terms of a ‘sporting chance’ and is associated with the colonial practices of England that in turn have been adopted and adapted by colonised states. In Australia, cricket is recognised as a game that continues to carry with it a sense of the ‘Empire’, despite the impact of commercialism and internationalism. Far from being a ‘level playing field’, cricket continues to perpetuate the image of White Australian masculinity and Australia’s colonial history – despite its claims as the ‘national game’. These artworks metaphorically extract the ‘Englishness’, allowing Australia’s national identity to be reconfigured from the margins.

 

 
 
 
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 1
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 1
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 2
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 2
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 3
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 3
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 4
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 4
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 5
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
Hmussie Willow (Green & Gold) # 5
2016, carved English willow cricket bat, coloured
beeswax and French varnish.
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HMUSSIE WILLOW

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