Mara Braun would like to acknowledge that the land on which she practices are the traditional lands for the Wurundjeri people, and that she respects their spiritual relationship with their country. She would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Boon Wurrung language groups as the custodians of the region and recognise that their culture and heritage is still important then, now and forever. She would like to pay her respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
The 2020 lockdown period was a time of intense alienation and isolation. For weeks on end, the only people I saw were strangers to me. Trapped in a solitary cage surrounded by a concrete jungle inhabited by unknown souls. My nostalgia for moments of connection, found me imagining the lives that were lived within the houses I passed on my daily walks.
The 'Stranger Worlds’ Series depicts a liminal space existing between the domestic and urban landscape. The subject matter was created by projecting onto the urban site, photographs looking into anonymous domestic spaces. Each image subsists as its own surreal world in which any claim can be made as to its’ history. The abstracted images include both recognisable and confusing elements, creating an uncanny plane which the viewer peers into.