Australindopak Archive scrolls I II III. Details. Watercolour, oil, found material, embroidered panels, gold and silver leaf on paper. 3x1000cmx25cm (entire).
The Australindopak Archive emerged out of my practice-led PhD research project, completed 2017. The project investigated the form and function of peripatetic art practice with painting as the means of negotiating increasingly immersive journeys across cultures of Australia, India, and Pakistan. As the major creative outcome the Archive, consisting of three extended scroll paintings and seventy associated sonic works explored the theme of non/belonging which guided and contextualised my encounters with people, animals, plants, and environments.
The Australindopak Archive developed incrementally over four years as field diaries in scrolls which I carried and made as I travelled. The scrolls contain hundreds of little stories, portraits, scenes, self-portraits, anecdotes, notes, as well as collaboratively-generated images utilising techniques with oil, watercolour, collage, and paper cut. Alongside painting I created sonic pieces that expanded upon the stories in paintings using field generated sound such as interviews, conversations, found and environmental sound, and narrated journal writing. Integrated in the form of virtual panoramic 'tours' with clickable hotspots, the three scroll paintings together with the seventy-odd sonic works form the Australindopak Archive.
To take a tour of the scrolls in the Australindopak Archive, click on one of the above images
The Virtual Tour that is the platform for the Australindopak Archive, was created by Omair Raza
through innovative use of architectural software designed to show clients through built spaces.