Thomas 'John' Lee Hammer is a Brisbane based artist of Gubbi Gubbi descent, who utilises linear sculptures, text and photography to explore his family and community history, while examining how they relate to his own identity. Hammer grapples with his identity through examining his family history, revisiting the communities that these histories emerged from and investigating the current social and economic deterioration these communities are currently subjected to. Hammer also explores his feelings of cultural estrangement, towards his Gubbi Gubbi heritage and integrates text into his practice to reflect those feelings and to help his search for a sense of belonging. Hammer's research into his family histories often intertwine together as he attemps to reconcile his family history with larger narrative of post-colonial Australia.

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