Dale Harding

The Leap/Watershed


In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Dale Harding born 1982
Pigment and acrylic paint on canvas
Support: 1802 × 2402 × 32 mm
Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, with support from the Qantas Foundation 2015, purchased 2019

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The Leap/Watershed was made using coloured ochre (clay pigments) from Ghungalu and Garingbal country, which Harding blew directly onto the canvas. The technique is used in the ancient rock art galleries of Carnarvon Gorge in Ghungalu country. After making a partial form, Harding was reminded of Blackdown Tableland, a plateau overlooking Ghungalu country. Many of the creeks in the surrounding area flow from there, hence the title Watershed. The Leap refers to a nearby rock formation in the Mackay region where, in 1867, around 200 Aboriginal people were forced to jump off a cliff to escape from the Queensland Native Police Force.

Gallery label, July 2021

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