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Australian farm game Theme: The Land

Artist: Norman CREIGHTON
Birth/Death: 1943

Title: Australian farm game

Credit Line: Crafts Board of the Australia Council Collection 1980. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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.

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