Whitewash: ‘a deliberate attempt to conceal unpleasant or incriminating facts about a person or organization in order to protect their reputation.’ (Oxford Dictionary)
McAlpine’s first solo exhibition Whitewash aims to bring attention to the whitewashing of Australia’s colonial history and the way it is normalized in contemporary Australia. The artworks grapple with the often-standardised version of our colonial history through multi-disciplinary outcomes. Whitewash utilises found objects including furniture, found paintings and ornate frames, familiar colonial motifs and red earth. The red earth manipulates found objects and colonial motifs, altering original meanings and suggesting whitewashing.