Our lands and soil commodified, owned,  colonised.

By investigating issues of disruptions to my heritage, I intrinsically connect with the realities of historic and ongoing disrespect for the diverse ecology of our lands and soils.

This time based kinetic work combines programmable technological machinery that erodes soils, exposes substrates, builds stories and creates residues.

Over the course of the exhibition the stratification of local soils, unnaturally placed in a vertical column, is eroded or re-placed as its restrictive binding is slowly pulled out, releasing the layers of different soil structures back to a natural form. This repositions the displaced, previously stratified layers of soils to create a new landscape on the horizontal surface below.

Over a period of weeks, this soil-based, interactive, kinetic work will create a ‘landscape’ that metaphorically addresses the creation and destruction of soils on which we are dependent for life, and invites contemplation and questioning.

By using new and old knowledge systems about our soil, we gain a symbiotic relationship with the soil that sustains us physically, culturally and spiritually, and maintains our individual and community histories, health and perpetuity within its biology.


Robert Andrew is a Brisbane based artist of mixed heritage whose work combines electromechanical mechanisms that erode and expose substrates, build stories and create residues.

Andrew is a decedent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, and he also holds European and Filipino heritage.

Andrew’s artworks bring together two distinct aspects. One aspect of his work is focused on the engagement and story-telling as an artist with Australian Indigenous heritage. The other explores ways to utilise programmable technologies as physical technologies to create visual artworks.

These works manifest as visually scraped back and built-up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and ‘artefact’.

In 2012 Andrew completed a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Griffith University. He is currently completing a doctorate in visual arts.

Country, Land, Soil, time and space 2018
Soil, ochre, string, aluminium, electro mechanical  components.
Variable dimensions 120 cm x 180 cm x 120 cm
Duration three weeks
Soil Science Australia