Launching pre order for the 1st edition print of my recent work Burden to Bear.

If you remember a few weeks ago when I was the @IndigenousX host I wrote a decent sized thread about the work that I'll re-hash here...
I originally made this piece as a commission for a new project that is coming soon. It's not my project so I can't really talk about it. This piece didn't end up fitting into the project for the client so I was able to release it separately,
The image is on one level an Aboriginal jesusesque character pulling down a colonial statue. The imagery I drew inspiration from for the character was christian imagery of Jesus carrying the cross through the streets (a burden).
The colonial statue is purposefully anonymous, representing all colonial statues and by being anonymous pointing to the idea that these figures no longer hold any meaning for our society.
I decided to use the Jesus character in this work for a number of reasons.
1. The burden, I wanted this to reference the weight I feel when I walk through the city and see the oppressive imagery of colonial monuments.
2. I wanted to reference the appropriation of christian imagery by older generations of First Nations artists like Destiny Deacon, Michael Riley or Gordon Bennett.
3. Appropriating christian symbols is a theme in lots of my own work. With this I aim to steal from western mythologies. That's my goal. Is to steal from and change the cultural touchstones that we're weaponised as part of the colonial process.
For me this is about controlling the narrative in my own way. I used gold chain yoking the statue to the Jesus character as a reference to capitalism, a chain that binds us and traps us.
Behind all of this is the image of an elder in the sky, one with the stars. Her mouth is black hole, a void, an endless scream, lamenting and despairing the vicious cycle.
Obviously this is a politically charged work and pushing my ideology that we no longer have any need for colonial monuments in our society. This is echoed in my earlier work Tear it Down.
I find it incredibly sad and a wilful act of continued colonial destruction that the so-called-australian government protects through violence and implied violence these fairly insignificant statues of mediocre people instead of the sacred sites across this country.
The artwork Burden to Bear is now available for pre-orders as a limited edition full page print. 60cm wide x 45cm high. The paper is museum grade archival quality.

I got the test print back yesterday and it looks amazing, the colours and lines are beautiful.
The 1st edition is limited to 20 prints and I'll be selling these for $400.

travisdevries.com/product/burden…
For full disclosure I'll talk about how my prints work.
I do 3.5 tiers of printing.
1st Edition - This is the first print run of a work. It gets printed big and is a special print on archival quality paper. Priced for collectors, I will only print 10-20 of these.
2nd Edition - This gets printed a little smaller than the 1st edition, still on archival quality paper. I will print between 20 - 30 of these. They are priced lower than the first edition print and is priced depending on print costs, demand, etc.
3rd Edition - This gets printed smaller again than the 1st two editions on the same quality paper. It is priced at $85 and is an 'open edition' of 500.
Museum Edition - The museum edition is printed on textured paper and is 'big' depending on how big the artwork can be printed. This edition is only meant for museum and larger private collections. These are printed on demand.
Each print no matter what the edition comes numbered and signed. I always make the 1st edition available first and then put the 2nd and 'open edition' up later.
The 'open edition' is priced hoping to be an affordable piece of art for people.
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16 Feb
I’m not usually one for the big public announcements. I’ve resigned from the Australian Museum. There’s a number of reasons I resigned but I won’t be going into them here right at this moment.
The main reason I’m leaving is that I want to focus on making work for @AwesomeBlackOrg and making AwesomeBlack the best place it can be to support other First Nations content creators. I’m so excited about this.
My other focus will be my artwork and finishing my first novel. I’ll probably be on here spruiking Awesome Black & my work (more than I already do).
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15 Feb
When Aboriginal women write to me about my artwork with negative critique why do they always (always) begin their critique with as an Aboriginal woman?
When Aboriginal men write to me about artwork with negative critique why do they always (always) begin their critique with ‘the dumb dawg ain’t even black’?
There’s a point to me mentioning this. Firstly both of these are attempts to make ‘less’ of my position in the community and try to wax some power play bs against me.
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