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the History of Salt . . . 2

In1996 I commenced work on an ongoing project ‘The History of Salt . . . ’ The process of salting has developed gradually as an expression of the idea that the psychology of Australia as a people, as well as our perception of our own history, is inextricably linked to that interim period that was spent at sea during our ancestors’ migration to Australia.

‘The History of Salt . . .’ among other things, allows me to investigate and respond to how we perceive history both personally and culturally. The corrosive nature of salt provides an aesthetic and cultural metaphor for the attrition of memory and a colonial past.

1 2 3 4 5 6REFERENCE 7BEFORE History of Salt
 
 
 

 

INSULAR AUSTRALIA 1. 2002

Before the tum of the century, “The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia” was published in celebration of the centenary of settlement in 1788. The pages from a copy of the publication were used to line a kitchen floor and covered with linoleum. There they remained until 1995 until the linoleum was removed and the pages uncovered. They have subsequently been salted, framed and now form the basis of this installation.

Hazelhurst Gallery Sydney 2002.

   
 
 
 
     

INSULAR AUSTRALIA 2. 2002

   
 
 
 
   

THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS 1. 2002

Between 1922 and 1939 Doris Brears sat for a series of examinations in Pianoforte with The Australian Music Examinations Board. In 1998 seven certificates that she was awarded were found in a cardboard box at the Saint Vincent de Paul charity shop in Sutherland. These certificates have been salted and used with various music scores to form this installation.

Hazelhurst Gallery Sydney 2002.

 

   
 
 
 
 
   

THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS 2. 2002

   
 
 
 
   

THE SEA DRAWINGS. 1995

1. BronzinoThe Sea and the Land shall be metaphors . . . sometimes vague, half-hidden, lurking in the background waiting patiently for the chance to envelop the front, and sometimes concrete, harsh, like a brick pushed up against your face. the History of Salt . . . Declaration 1995
2. Girl Contemplating
3. Plank
4. Our Chaplain
Our Chaplain (the Capt.) appeared to labour considerably more under the influence of brandy than under the influence which usually attend or ought to attend those who take upon themselves to commit the body to a glorious resurection. Robert Corkhill on the British Trident . . . 1850

5. Rubins 1
6. The Letter
7. Rubins

 
 
 
 
   

THE SEAWEED PICTURES 1996

1. Order. . . it is always just an attempt in making order of chaos.
2. Burnt Wood
3. John Kelly's Letter 1839 The 1812 weavers' strike
4. Callipers
5. Lemma
6.
Glenelg Town Hall from the Jettyfrom 'Weymouth Sands' by John Cowper Powys
7. Leonore from John Kelly's Letter
8. Ophelia
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- Geogina McCrae on board the Argyle 1840
9. Oh We are such Bastards !
Glasgow 1840installation.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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