- Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
- Etching on paper
- Image: 195 × 148 mm
- Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Bennett depicts an axe with a book in place of the blade. This book-turned-weapon may refer to how British settlers sought to erase the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by imposing their Western customs, including Christianity and the English language: a violence perpetrated through Bibles and dictionaries. Bennett refers to this as ‘the bludgeoning effect of cultural imperialism.’ This sketch is based on a sculpture by László Lakner, a Hungarian conceptual artist who made a series of books closed shut with rope, including one turned into a similar axe sculpture.
Gallery label, July 2021
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