On a Mission From God (Yarrabah) by Archie Moore.
Archie Moore works in a variety of media, from paper sculptures and audio/visual works to installation and drawing, to explore the constructs of landscape, language and history, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal experience of colonisation and the perpetuation of Christianity in Australia.
Looking at photos of Queensland Aboriginal Missions, Moore has carefully dissected the pages of Bibles to form the timeless sculptural signifiers of Christian Imperialism; the Mission Church.
Archie Moore graduated from The Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1998. In 2001 he was awarded The Millennial Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, and subsequently studied at the Academy Of Fine Arts Prague, Czech Republic. Archie Moore currently lives and works in Australia.
In 2010 he won the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and has also won the People’s Choice Award in the Prospect Portrait Prize and a Judge’s Commendation in the 1998 Eddie Hopkins Memorial Drawing Competition. He has been shortlisted for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award five times since 2004.
Moore has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. Recently, he has exhibited work in a travelling exhibition ‘Light From Light’ which was first displayed at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane (2010) and has since moved on to Beijing National Library, China (2011). Moore has also shown work in ‘Queensland Art’ (2009) and ‘Grace but not serious’ (2011) at Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane. Furthermore, he has exhibited in ‘Making it New: Focus on Australian Contemporary Art’ (2009) at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and ‘Breaking Boundaries: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art from the Collection’ (2009) at Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. More recently, Moore has been included in ‘Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes’ (2012) at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA, curated by Alex Taylor (Terra Foundation of American Art Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum).
Moore has had work commissioned for major public art projects including ‘Kurilpa Bridge’, Brisbane (2008) and ‘Southbank Education and Training Precinct Integrated Artwork Program’ (2006-2007). He has also been included in publications such as ‘Gatherings II: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from Queensland, Australia’ (2006) and ‘Making it New: Focus on Australian Contemporary Art’ catalogue (2009).
Archie Moore’s earlier work, Sacred Sites (the first intervention) was purchased in 2008 for the Indigenous Australian Art Collection, Queensland Art Gallery.
Exhibiting in 2012.