The shield is a tool of war, a symbol of protection and fear.
Anna’s series of False Shields represent the modern human fear or disconnection from nature, a desire to protect ourselves from what we don’t understand, a barrier or separation between us and the natural world.
We construct false shields within an attempt to control and contain nature; they are destined to fail. They are full of gaps, ignorance and a false sense of power and importance.
The technique of looping fibre is derived from indigenous people’s string bag/net making. Its use here is an acknowledgement of the knowledge held by Australia’s First Nations, their respect and management of this environment for over 60,000 years. A connection that is enviable, and one that non-indigenous Australia needs to appreciate and learn from.
The vine frames and the loops themselves hold a tension, representative of the current pressure, rigidity and conflict in the human relationship with its environment. The colour and decorative aspects of the weavings however may also convey a deep respect and admiration for nature’s beauty and complexity, which will ultimately prevail.