Teena McCarthy

Bush Mary No. 1

67 x 35.5 cm

Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Archival paper
$ 1800
I use the self-portrait as a means to honour my Italian Mother, my ‘Barkindji’ Aboriginal Grandmother, and the divine fertility spirit Mother Earth, what I call the ‘Holy Trinity’. The work references the late 19th century Victorian photographic Trope of the ‘Hidden mothers’; and hence, used as a metaphor for the aboriginal women who worked as Domestic servants on Outback Stations in and across Australia. In Northern NSW, these women were known as the ‘Bush Mary’s’. Whilst hidden in the outback landscape, the ‘Bush Mary’s’ would cook, clean and mind the children of the Colonists. My work intends to make the once hidden, visible again.