Perfect illustration of Uncanny Australia

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'Treasure Island' by Daniel Boyd (2005)

Boyd’s beautiful oil painting captures perfectly the sense of ‘uncanny’ Gelder and Jacobs describe (1998).

When ones ‘home’ is rendered, somehow and in some sense, unfamiliar… one has the experience of being in place and ‘out of place’ simultaneously.
It is not simply the unfamiliar in itself which generates the anxiety of the uncanny; it is specifically the combination of the familiar and the unfamiliar – the way the one seems always to inhabit the other.

Cook! Terra Nullius!

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Filed under General personal writings, Indigenous Australia, Thesis/Yolngu related writing

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