Hilary McAllister

Out of [ Place ]

The rural landscape of Victoria is changing, as the population of remote areas decreases due to climatic, economic and geographic pressures. These changes are evident in the built landscape as previously occupied buildings are abandoned and left to fall into disrepair. This research is motivated by a deep appreciation of rural Australia and a desire to bring value to these otherwise forgotten locations. The work explores the concept of memorialisation and recognition, with Carrs Plains Homestead acting as a testament to the loss of these buildings. Grounded in historical research, the project has evolved through reinterpreting physical aspects of site to create a series of installation pieces that reflect the adversities encountered by their makers and inhabitants, and the unique materials and methods used during construction. This project encourages us to contemplate the environmental transitions underway and how these may impact rural and urban communities in the future.