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Linda Joy, Stone Country. Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin. Review by Koulla Roussos

Linda Joy, Stone Country. Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin. Review by Koulla Roussos

Landscape is perhaps the most value laden of genres within which to peel back the layers of influence in post-contact Australian history. Landscape in Australian art history and in particular “pastoraphilia” as the leitmotif of Australian nationhood and identity, mitigated the harsh historical realities and made palpable the strange and un-picturesque landscape for European eyes. Landscape is infused with the legacy of (and in this part of the world the ongoing) dispossession of land and wholesale destruction of people and culture.