Danielle Hobbs, Blue Ensign and Red Ensign from Vexillum Australis, 2015, Appliqued cotton. 900 x 1800 mm, (installation image), Inland Residency Program. Photo: Julie Gough

Currently I live across two cities, Mildura, Victoria and Toowoomba, Queensland, 1537kms apart as the black snake travels. Blue Ensign and Red Ensign consider the distance between the two sites, one with family and one without, and how the tension stretched out between these cities might be lessened by the practice of semaphore messaging. The flags also draw on stories about the naming of each town and act as signifiers for an enduring sense of place through interpreting each name from local Indigenous language into English, and recognising each community’s tacit knowledge of their environment.

Since the birth of her second child, Danielle’s artistic practice has shifted from all-day photographic shoots and darkroom time to smaller works on paper and sculptural projects on the lounge room floor. Hobbs recently completed a Masters by Research in the School of Art at RMIT, Melbourne where she interpreted her experience of Postnatal Depression and the various incarnations of the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ mother. Her work indirectly reflects the rural environment in which she grew up and currently resides. Danielle exhibits nationally and has work in public and private collections in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Danielle swears excessively (under her breath).

Danielle Hobbs is also exhibiting as a member of the xs collective. Other xs collective artists include: Geoffrey Brown, Rosina Byrne, Dan Downing, Laura Freitag, Kristian Häggblom, Rohan Morris, Kerryn Sylvia, and Stuart Walsh.