John Prince Siddon’s psychedelically surrealist works bring some the most urgent themes of our time into piercing view through his ironic combination of Australian stories, the media, station stories and Dreamtime mythology. His social and political commentary articulate some of the complexities that we face as present-day Australians. This work explores the intersection of Walmajarri mythology with the colonial frontier. The bulls head has become a trope of his work, synonymous with station life in the Kimberley. Super imposed the red back spider that spins its web of Australia, the print weaves and twists these contorted realities of past and present. Siddon said, "
Red Backs feed on prey passing beetles other spider when they outdoors toilets few people got bitten by this spider. You get a headache and cramps there is no need to panic only swelling but get treatment quick and fast never use your hands when hiding something under a hole pipe that’s where they hide. The only thing I love about red backs is their webs just like art, the web pattern."
This is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Printed by Heads 3D.
Please note: Due to the hand-painted unique state of each edition of this work, it will take approximately 12 weeks from the date of purchase until the artwork is complete and ready for collection or shipping.