‘Lands Bride’ is a performance about drought, losing hope and wrestling with the pain and beauty of human existence. The Single Chanel video was filmed in drought affected Duri, Tamworth, regional NSW, Hearn’s hometown where both her great grandmother, grandmother and her mother lived and where many years of farming women have experienced trauma and drought.
The dress she wears was sewn by her mother in the 1980’s. Through a ritualistic performance she explores the position of women in drought effected rural areas, she presents a woman in waiting, waiting for change, waiting for rain, starting to lose hope. The last scene is in a dried up damn, a ritual of trauma, acceptance and waiting takes place. It’s a signal of hope and change.
Hearn acknowledges and pays recognition to the effect the British invasion and farming has had upon the Kamilaroi nation, whose land this piece was shot on.