In Outback Explorer, James Dodd uses painting to look at graffiti as a cultural indicator. While most think of graffiti as street art (think Keith Haring, Banksy, et all), Dodd sees graffiti as any marking made in a public space. Interested in crude insults and declarations, Dodd uses these unrestrained vandalisms as a signifier of people and the psyche of a place, here applied to a place he loves - the Australian outback. Using these writings to understand and explore the country, Dodd shows the truth of our backyard, removed from the myth and fantasy of Australian folklore.
Image: James Dodd, 2010.