Spent It is Darwin artist Sarah Pirrie’s wry response to Territory Day, that one day of the year when the Territory ‘lifestyle’ seems to amount to how much noise and litter can be made with the letting off of fireworks.
What was ‘spent’ – the artist in making the work; the land/sea-scape bearing the scars and debris of the event?
Pirrie is not against fireworks for all but highlights the lack of a clean-up and environmentally friendly response.
Sarah Pirrie is a leading NT contemporary artist who lectures in art at Charles Darwin University. She works across a range of mediums though is best known for her sculptural and installation-based work which often relates to environmental research and related issues, and with a particular focus on marine and mangrove ecologies in the Top End.