Nicole Tsourlenes - Road Work

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

Road Work explores the relentless wave of road work and building work that interrupts our daily lives and the people employed to complete that work.

Two workmen are on break. One is relaxed in the seat his digger, engrossed in his phone. The other sits on a box against a wall with an advertisement of an apartment block. Scattered around them is building debris.

About the work

Road Work explores the relentless wave of road work and building work that interrupts our daily lives and the people employed to complete that work.

This series highlights the relationship between the workers, their tools and their environment.

As a wheelchair user I am more aware than many people of the impact made by disruptions to pedestrian walkways.

The images I've captured are collected during my daily interactions with the environment around my home, work and studio.

Roadwork is visible and present in our lives almost every time that we leave our houses but is not often something that we stop to study.

Building work is full of shapes, colour and refections, often creating amazing abstract imagery amongst the organised repetitious structures, barricades and cranes.

The workers are often oblivious to their surrounds, as if stuck inside their own bubbles. They are easy to observe, as I am basically invisible to them.

I am currently completing a Cert IV in Photography and am a founding member of the Nimbus Art Studio at Bundoora Homestead.

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