|dc.description.abstract||My doctoral research project, “The Language of Space,” aims to prioritise, embed and consolidate inherited oral, social and visual sensibilities of Bidjara, Garingbal and Ghungalu peoples. Through also prioritising visual languages that predate my art practice, I have sought to extend the cultural forms and practices of my personal and ancestral lineages. My cultural inheritance is grounded in landscape and location, foundations for expression that may be brought into a contemporary art gallery context. In doing so, the established languages of international art and art histories may be inflected by the sensibilities of Bidjara, Garingbal and Ghungalu practitioners contemporaneously as well as ancestrally.
Through the uptake and consolidation of these languages, the exhibition practice resulting from this research project has facilitated the development of shared practices and shared knowledges. I assert that this has furthered the visual literacy of contemporary art discourse in that audiences and institutions have had the opportunity to interact with and come to know the sensibilities of the multiple languages of Bidjara, Garingbal and Ghungalu.||