video animations art series by , 2012 - present

video animations, 2012 - present

  • Joan Ross
    The Claiming of Things [Video], 2012

  • Joan Ross
    Touching other people’s butterflies [Video], 2013

  • Colonial-grab-film

    Joan Ross
    Colonial Grab [Video], 2015

  • Joan Ross
    I Give You a Mountain [Video], 2018

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Artist profile

Joan Ross

Joan Ross

Joan Ross grapples with Australia’s colonial legacy through her established practice
spanning drawing, painting, installation, photography, sculpture, video and virtual reality. In
her works, European settlers and emblems of colonial society stake their claim across the
Australian landscape. Joan’s emblematic use of high-vis colour yellow across these colonial
narratives has become a broadly recognisable visual anchor for her work, recalling unnatural
incursions in the landscape, synonymous with mining and visual pollution of unchecked

Joan Ross was the winner of the 2017 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, and was a finalist
again in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 Joan Ross won the Mordant Family Virtual Reality
Commission – the most important commission in the country in this new medium. In 2020,
Ross was commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW to produce a major new work to adorn
the new Sydney Modern extension whilst under construction. Ross has been the recipient of
numerous awards, grants and prizes, including the winner of the inaugural 2017
Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney.

Ross has exhibited extensively over the last three decades, cementing her position as one
of Australia’s leading contemporary Artists. In 2016 and 2017 her work was included
in Today Tomorrow Yesterday and Recent Acquisitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Australia, Tracks and Traces: Contemporary Australian Art at The Negev Museum of Art in
Israel, as well as exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, UQ Art Museum and
numerous other state and national institutions.

Ross is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; Parliament House;
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales; and the
City of Sydney as well as strong representation throughout multiple regional galleries and