~30cm x 30cm
"The Singer" is an old fashioned-looking girl reminiscent of a sister in a first world war field hospital. A poppy-shaped blood stain mars her forehead invoking the observation of Anzac day. The late Antonie Dixon practices his terrified "crazy" stare over her left shoulder while school girls punch and hair-pull at her right. A Maori warrior rises from a trench to promote cultural tourism, while a tank from the 1940's churns up a similar rift.
The mishmash of scenes mirror the conflicting cultural messages surrounding violence. Are the fighting girls bad or cool or just play acting? Is the singer a good girl with a thousand yard stare or just mimicing the pieties that are expected of her? It is only Antonie Dixon with his unequivocal fate, commodified down to the size of a dollar coin, who is sadly real.
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