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troy-anthony baylis




Installations for Tomorrow (hang on) 2011
Pigmented inks on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German etching paper, ed 5
70 x 100 cm


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Postcard (2010 - 2011) is a serial edition of art objects made of reconstructed Glomesh and 'faux-mesh' handbags, purses, and key-wallets sought from thrift stores and grandma's drawers throughout Australia. They herald communication between Australian places and personas – citing Alice Springs, Katherine Gorge, Bella Vista, Cherrybrook, Victoria Square, Sandy Gully, Crystal Brook, and other towns, rivers, and land areas that have been dragged by name from Europe. These mementos are private conversations between 'sistas' who are living in locations throughout Australia – who despite isolation, are connecting and conversing with each other through glamorous artefacts.

The high ceremony of the Postcard designs takes cue from the crescent-shaped 'breastplates' of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that were presented to Aboriginal people who aided second-settlement colonists in the assimilation process, were regarded as friendly, or who demonstrated bravery towards non-Indigenous people and were considered suitably honourable for a 'badge of distinction'.

'Breastplates' were engraved with the names of Aboriginal people and often their 'tribe' names were included. Sometimes the 'breastplates' were decorated with motifs of native plants and animals, weapons, and emblematic coronets, and engraved with the names of the non-Indigenous chiefs who presented them.

about the artist

Troy-Anthony Baylis is based in Adelaide, and is a descendant of the Jawoyn people from the NT. Troy is part of a larger contemporary movement, Indigenous and Queer, building on art, film and literary explorations of Indigenous culture that are evolving across Australia.

troy-anthony baylis - cv

2009- PhD Candidate South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia
2001 Graduate Certificate in Management (Arts) University of South Australia
1999-2000 Bachelor Of Education (Secondary) - Post Graduate Queensland University of Technology
1997 Honours Queensland University of Technology
1993-1995 Bachelor Of Arts (Visual Arts) Queensland University of Technology
Room for Chameleons, Artroom5, Adelaide, 1 – 18 July 2009
The Genuine Exhibition, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, 23 January – 21 February 2009
Sunsets, Melbourne City Library Gallery, Melbourne, 16 January – 9 February 2008
Sunkiss/Landlove, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 8 November 2007 – 28 January 2008
Warhola Trees, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, July 2007
Emotional Landscapes & Sunsets, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, 26 May – 23 June 2007
Rosafarbene Sonnenuntergange / Pink Sunsets, Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany, 15 October – 10 December 2006
Ain’t MsBhavin’, Nexus, Adelaide, 3 – 18 November 2005
megaKYLIEcollection, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, 2005
Ricky Mortis Southern Death, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 19 October – 8 December 2002
KABOOBIE improbable princess - 15 years of kylieminology, Miss Gladys Sym Choon, Adelaide, 2001
KABOOBIE improbable princess, Satellite Space, Brisbane, 2000
KABOOBIE rock n roll nigger, Soapbox, Brisbane, 2000
a TROY-ANTHONY BAYLIS room with a BARBARA CARTLAND view, xb, Dayboro, Queensland, 1999
Wonder Woman With A Twist, Smith & Stoneley, Brisbane, 1997
Emancipating Androgyny, Metro Arts, Brisbane, 1997
Intangibles in Terra Australis, Kubo-Kutxa, San Sebastian, Spain, 2010
Heartlines – Adelaide Festival of Arts, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2010
Gayme, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick, Melbourne, 2010
Making Tracks: A glimpse at two decades of Aboriginal art in SA, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2009
Resonance, JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design, Adelaide, 2009
Just Can’t Get Enough, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, 2009
Four Artists, Artroom5, Adelaide, 2008
Our Metro Mob, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2008
Super+Ego, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, 2007
Our Metro Mob, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2007
Petroglyphs, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute: Tandanya, Adelaide, 2005
Vein, Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide, 2004
Avalon, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane, 2004
Homostrata, Artspace – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 2003
The Stars Shine Bright, Logan Art Gallery, Logan, Queensland, 2000
Topographies, Fireworks, Brisbane, 2000
7th Biennala des Couvertes, Centre de Art Actuel, Quebec, Canada, 1999
Creativity In The Next Millennium - The 5th Baguio International Arts Festival, Baguio Convention Centre, Baguio, The Philippines, 1999
SELECTED PERFORMANCES (as a performance artist)
Kaboobie Proud Mary & Sexy Ida, TASpride Launch, Launceston & Hobart, October 2009
Kaboobie Proud Mary, White Party, GaySkiWeekNZ, Queenstown, New Zealand, September 2009
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Upstart Alley VIII, Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne, 7 February 2009
Kaboobie 3 Tina’s, Conference Dinner, Cultural Studies Association of Australia – Futures Conference, Kalgoorlie, 8 December 2008
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Feast Opening Night Party, Adelaide, November 2008
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Opening Celebration, 1st Asia Pacific Outgames, Melbourne Town Hall, 31 January 2008
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Sistagirls Are Doing It For Themselves, Mercury Cinema, Adelaide, 30 May 2006
Kaboobie Kylieminologist, megaKYLIEcabaret, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, 7 June 2005
Kaboobie Proud Mary & Walk This Way, Leigh Bowery Project – “Nothing Is Taboo”, Adelaide Festival Centre – Space Theatre, November 2004
Kaboobie Proud Mary, Laugh Yourself Blak!, Adelaide Fringe 2004 HUB, Adelaide, March 2004
Ricky Mortis KKK & Kaboobie Proud Mary, 2002 International Gay Games, Olympic Park & Hyde Park, Sydney, October 2002
Ricky Mortis (with Pope Alice), Luke Roberts – “Ecce homo: These are our bodies: this is our blood”, Artspace, Sydney, 24 February 2000
Typhoon Kaboobie hits the Philippines, 5th Baguio International Arts Festival, Baguio Botanical Gardens & Tamawan Village,
The Philippines, 25-26 November 1999
Ricky Mortis (with Pope Alice & Nurse Nancy), Pope Alice: Alien Pope Visits, Livid Festival, Brisbane, 1999
2008 Research Fellow University of South Australia
2007- Lecturer/Tutor/Marker University of South Australia
2006-2007 Electorate Officer South Australian Parliament
2005-2006 Executive Officer Reconciliation South Australia Inc
2004 Indigenous Programs Coordinator Carclew Youth Arts Centre
2004-2005 Program Manager, First Queers Feast Festival Inc
2004-2005 Artistic and Cultural Consultant Reconciliation South Australia Inc
2002-2003 Program Manager, Public Relations Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc
2002 Director Yaitya Makkitura Inc
2001-2004 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts Coordinator Adelaide Fringe Inc
1999 Arts Management Workshops Wachol Correction Centre / Access Arts
1998-1999 Arts Administration Queensland Artworker's Alliance – Volunteer
1996-1997 Art Educator Southbank Institute of TAFE - Certificate in Art (ATSI)
1996 Catalogue Production Queensland University of Technology
1995-2001 Director Art Of Digital Video
1995 Gallery Administration Institute of Modern Art – Volunteer
1995-1996 Art Theory Tutor Queensland University of Technology
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Crowley, Vicki, The subterranean making of convivial culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions.
Futures, Curtin University, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 6-9 December 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Kylieminology: collecting and cloning, Quench: Queer Thinkers, Adelaide, 15-16 November 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Crowley, Vicki, The subterranean making of convivial culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions. Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities, Flinders University, Adelaide, 3-6 December 2007
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Inheriting Loss: The legacy of Stolen Generations (panel presentation), Reconciliation Schools' Festival,
Adelaide Town Hall, 30 May 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Crossing Country: Education and Art towards a certain freedom, Scotch College, Adelaide, 23 May 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, From Dreamtime to Machine Time, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, 30 April 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Aboriginal Australia, Sexuality & Visual Arts, Adelaide Festival of Arts – "Living Books", State Library of South Australia,
Adelaide, 8-9 March 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Convivial Culture: Mary G, Kaboobie and queer interventions. Midsumma, Melbourne City Library, 28 January 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Them There Bones (opening address), Fiona Foley – "Them There Bones", New Land Gallery, Port Adelaide, 27 February 2002
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Mumthelang: Silk Magic Woman, Muriel Van Der Byl – "My dreaming – past – present – future",
Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre: Kerry Packer Civil Gallery, 22 February – 14 March 2008
Baylis, Troy-Anthony & Mantelli, Fulvia, The Cover Art of Cover Bands (photo essay), Photofile 77, Autumn 2006
Baylis, Troy-Anthony, Homostrata – Ex. Cat., Artspace – Adelaide Festival Centre, 7 November 2003 – 24 January 2004
Wyld, Frances, Kiss The Dirt: Knowing Place in "Troy-Anthony Baylis: Kiss The Dirt", 2009
Carsey, Gary, A Rock And A Hard Place in "Troy-Anthony Baylis: Kiss The Dirt", 2009
Nicholls, Christine, Troy-Anthony Baylis: An Extension To Love in Asian Art News, vol.18, no.1, p66-71, January/February 2008
von Uslar, Rafael, Beknitting in "Sunkiss/Landlove" – Ex cat., National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya, 8 November 2007 – 28 January 2008
Nicholls, Christine, Emotional Landscapes and Emotional Sunsets in "Sunkiss/Landlove" – Ex cat.,
National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya, 8 November 2007 – 28 January 2008
Nunn, Louise, Troy’s arts puts new spin on close-knit community in The Advertiser, p13, 14 August 2007
Pelipe, Richardo, Avalon: Art and Life of An Apartment Building, Museum of Brisbane & Vanity Publishing, 2005
Mills, David, 'Household Names' in (not only) Blue 53, p8, 2004
Simpson, Anne, Kylie rules OK & Hopelessly Devoted in The Courier Mail: Life, p4-5 & 17, 7 April 2001
Gallagher, Jane, Troy-Anthony Baylis: In Public in Eyeline 43, p51, 2000
2009- Board Member Heta Inc
2008- Board Member (Secretary) National Aboriginal Cultural Institute - Tandanya
2007-2009 Steering Committee - Honoring Indigenous Veterans Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs
2005-2007 Reconciliation Committee Member Adelaide City Council
2005-2006 Committee Member NAIDOC Adelaide
2004-2006 AGRIRC Member Government of South Australia
2004-2005 Board Member Feast Festival Inc
2004 Assessment Panel Member for Funding of the Arts (Indigenous and Emerging) Arts SA
1999-2001 Board Member Queensland Artworker’s Alliance Inc
1998-2001 Assessment Panel Member for Funding of the Arts (Visual Arts, Craft & Design) Arts Queensland


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