ASHLEE LAING
BUSH VANDAL
2012
HD Video
3 x 81" HDTV
BUSH VANDAL
2012
HD Video
3 x 81" HDTV

Bush Vandal was developed while on a two-month residence at Birrarung House as part of the Nillumbik Shire Councils Laughing Waters Artist in Residence program.

Bush Vandal is a 6 minute (approx.) looped video of a fallen tree in the bush. The tree has been painted with green gouache. The video begins as I start to remove the paint using a toilet brush. It documents my behavior in the process of rectifying my act of vandalism. The sound in this video is of the actual environment and cleaning process.

Derived from the daily painting interventions I did while walking in the bush, Bush Vandal references the beauty, volatile nature and fear embedded in the Austrayan Bush: a place of recreation, a place of destruction, a place where bodies are dumped, an arsonists playground, a place outside of the rules. OMG! What was that? Who's there? What's there? Where are you? Miranda!!!!!!
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