Yhonnie Scarce was born in Woomera, South Australia, and belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples – like Judy Watson, family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors.
Working with glass, Scarce explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of the material – in particular corresponding to the crystallisation of desert sand as a result of British nuclear tests on her homeland during 1956-63. Birmingham is ideal for Scarce’s residency, due to its proximity to traditional UK centres of glass manufacturing and in addition the University of Birmingham was the location for most of the scientific research undertaken in the UK during World War II, which subsequently led to the unleashing of the atom bomb.
The outcome of Scarce’s residency is presented in Ikon’s Tower Room. Organised by Ikon Gallery and TarraWarra Museum of Art with consultant curator Hetti Perkins.