This installation investigates our awareness of rural habitats on the verge of change, and perhaps even extinction. Almost all Australians live in urban settings, yet the bush has always held an iconic status as part of the Australian identity. The contents of the home are the guide to the human experience lived within its rooms – the marks on the kitchen wall measuring the height of growing children, photographs on the mantlepiece, the contents of cupboards – provide details for a sense of history.
Patrick and Shannon Ronald’s forensic photographic recreation of a life-size diorama of a farmhouse provides a voyeuristic look into another person’s habitat. The effect renders visible the dust settling on the furniture, the patterns in the bedspread, the texture of the papers on the shelves, the views into other rooms, and the contrast of the sun-drenched landscape beyond the windows.