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FIONA FOLEY BARE BONES

Stuart Koop

FIONA FOLEY, Alchemy 1-4,1997, oil on canvas, 37 x 30 cm, 30 x 37 cm, 30 x 37 cm, 37 x 30 cm.

CONSIDER a photograph from the John Oxley Collection in Brisbane, Australia. It features a woman wearing a shell necklace and grass skirt; an anonymous subject taken by an anonymous photographer. We can speculate as to the date; someone (perhaps an archivist) has suggested 1899. The only designation for the photograph is 'Aborigine, Fraser Island'. While the absence of detail resounds…

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