Through a glass, darkly 2017

A western Sydney car recycling yard houses hundreds of smashed cars, row upon row with their bonnets up. Car-lovers stroll through the space to purchase spare engine parts.

The interesting patterns on the cracked safety glass look like street networks seen from above, recalling Sydney’s current road expansions cutting new paths through cities, suburbs and the bush, bringing consumers and consumables together.

Our interconnections depend so much on urban change and our ever-expanding road networks - Westconnex and M4 expansion. They define movement and life and products and people and gobble up land and livelihoods. 

The cracked glass is a metaphor for these interconnections made by roads and their central place in globalisation and consumerism. Through the shattered glass we see the dark nature of rampant consumerism and the devastation of our environment that is required to sustain it. Both the smashed cars and our road networks share redundancy. The black and white references our impaired perception of what we are doing to our world: For now we see through a glass, darkly.