Boneland is a geography of an imagined country, contour maps of a familiar yet uncanny physical feature. The simile is of bone to rock, the physiological and the geological, a hypothetical landscape.
We all know what one looks like yet most of us will never see a real skull, let alone the one we own. Yet we see it everywhere, stripped of its peculiarity and reproduced as a sign on every variety of consumer product, a visual cliché and yet not one completely without power to move. One of Sean Payne's intentions with this series of drawings is to reconsider the thing itself, as opposed to the sign, and to wonder if it still has currency.
The artist started this investigation from a simple itch to address something representational again, yet Payne has come to understand in retrospect that the impulse came from his state of mind and that the choice of signifier was not accidental.
Recent exhibitions include
2020 Boneland, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne 2017 Sign Language, Cusp Gallery, Melbourne 2002 On The Surface, Phyllis Palmer Gallery, Bendigo 1997 Echo's Bones, Snakepit Artspace, Launceston
2020 Anthology, Gallery A, Melbourne 2019 Anthology, St John St Gallery, Melbourne; Anthology, Gallery A, Melbourne 2018 A1 Darebin Art Show, Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne; Anthology, Gallery A, Melbourne; Anthology, St John St Gallery, Melbourne 2017 Catalogue, Sally Walker Project Space, Geelong; Anthology, Gallery A, Melbourne 2016 Persona, St John St Gallery, Melbourne; CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2014 CCP Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography; RSG Open Art Prize, Raglan Street Gallery, Melbourne 2008 Home Is Where The Heart Is, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton 2005 Retrospective, Space Gallery, Launceston 2004 Fertile Ground, Bendigo Art Gallery 2000 Fertile Ground, Bendigo Art Gallery