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the 'History of Salt . . .'For Christopher Lawrie the corrosive nature of salt provides an aesthetic and cultural metaphor for the attrition of memory and a colonial past. His installations of works on paper utilise historical artifacts to form contexts for contemporary readings of the past.' Hazelhurst Catalogue

These Artworks below consist of juxtaposed elements of visual, audio and text based on, and using, works from the 'History of Salt . . .'

ALL VIDEO AND MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LAWRIE. PLEASE USE HEADPHONES

           
 
 

M D VIDEO ART/MUSIC/WORK ON PAPER from the 'History of Salt . . .'

 
 
from 'The History of Salt . . .' | from before HofS | Dualismos | Eternity | Interiors 2020 | CO 2 | Fire and Water | Ishikawa | Other | Rajasthan | Sanghyang | Kashmir | Refugee | Yellamma | BHIEC | The Sea of Jesus | Jui Ju Suite | Salt | A Fast Japan | The Zoids Suite
 
 
 
  TRANSITION  

HofS 35. TRANSITION.

Every Storm Since 1837

STORM  
Transition PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  PAGES2  

HofS 38. PAGES

Wave drawing by Christopher Lawrie

Each separate wave that touched the ship's side differed from all the others.

John Cowper Powys 1934

PAGES  
Pages PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  RESURECTION   HofS 51. A GLORIOUS RESURECTION RESU  
A Glorious Resurection PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  ATTHEBATHS1  

HofS 22. PARALLEL UNIVERSE 1. FUN AT THE BATHS

For Alice Springs.

 

 

PARALLEL  
Parallel Universe 1 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  BILLABONG  

HofS 23. PARALLEL UNIVERSE 2. AT THE BILLABONG

For Alice Springs.

 

 

PARALLEL  
Parallel Universe 2 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
  HOFS3  

HofS 3. BELLE ÎSL EN MER

Taken from a salted postcard of a painting by John Russell

In 1888, John Russell moved to Belle-Île-en-Mer (“Beautiful Island”) in France’s north-west, where he lived for two decades and painted the wild Atlantic Ocean and rocky coastline.

BELLEILEENMER  
Belle Île en Mer PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  JKLETTER  

HofS 36. JOHN KELLY'S LETTER

 

Wave drawing by Christopher Lawrie

JKLETTER  
John Kelly's Letter PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  HOFS7  

HofS 12. GLASGOW TO GLENELG

 

 

The vast, allegorical sea shuddered between her and the land.

GLENELG  

Glasgow to Glenelg A PDF WORK ON PAPER

Glasgow to Glenelg B PDF WORK ON PAPER

 
 
  RESURECTION  

HofS 41. A GLORIOUS RESURECTION

Wave drawing by Christopher Lawrie

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 board the British Trident 1850

 
A Glorious Resurection PDF WORK ON PAPER RESURECTION
 
 
  BELONGING  

HofS 39. BELONGING / GLASGOW TO GLENELG 4 (VIDEO NOT UPLOADED YET)

 

 

 

 

BELONGING  
Belonging / Glasgow to Glenelg 4 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  THELETTER  

HofS 15. THE LETTER

John Kelly's letter to his mother in Glasgow, detailing her needs for the voyage to Adelaide in 1839.

INSULAR  

The Letter PDF WORK ON PAPER

 
  GLENELG  

HofS 24. GLASGOW TO GLENELG 2

 

 

GLENELG  

Glasgow to Glenelg C PDF WORK ON PAPER

Glasgow to Glenelg D PDF WORK ON PAPER

 

 

  GIRL   HofS 13. GIRL READING the 'HISTORY OF SALT . . . ' GIRLREADING  
Girl Reading 'The H of S . . .' PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  FUTURIST  

HofS 38. THE FUTURIST'S DILEMMA

 

 

 

FUTURIST  
Diptych: The Futurist's Dilemma PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  HOFS14  

HofS 14. THE LIST

The list of items to bring included in John Kelly's letter to his mother in Glasgow, detailing her needs for the voyage to Adelaide in 1839.

 
The List PDF WORK ON PAPER LIST
 
 
  HOFS11  

HofS 11. INSULAR AUSTRALIA 1

Taken from the installation 'INSULAR AUSTRALIA'

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 the installation

 

 
Insular Australia 1 PDF WORK ON PAPER INNSULARAUS
 
 
  THEPORT  

HofS 41. THE PORT IS PITIFUL

 

 

 

THEPORT  
Diptych: ThePort PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  FLOTSAM  

HofS 39. FLOTSAM AUSTRALIA

Some of the women praying, others dumb with despair. After those returned to their quarters Captain Gatenby astonished me by saying 'If ever we are compelled to take to the boats, only cuddy-passengers will be allowed to embark. The Emigrants must stay behind'.

Georgina McCrae on board the Argyle.

 

 
Flotsam Australia PDF WORK ON PAPER FLOTSAM
 
  HOFS13  

HofS 4. LEONARDO'S WAVES

Taken from a salted postcard of a painting by Leonardo DA VINCI

 

 

 

LEONARDO  
Leonardo's Waves PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  PROC  

HofS 16. THE PROCLAMATION

The Old Gum Tree is a historic site in Glenelg North, South Australia. Near this tree on 28 December 1836, the British governor John Hindmarsh delivered the proclamation announcing the establishment of Government of the colony of South Australia.

 

 

PROC  
The Proclamation PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  ATTHEBATHS  

HofS 22. PARALLEL UNIVERSE 3. FUN AT THE BATHS

For Alice Springs.

UNIVERSE  
Parallel Universe 3 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  ENGLISH  

HofS 1. AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE

 

 

 

LANDSCAPE  
An English Landscape PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  HOFS2  

HofS 2. AN ENGLISH MAIDEN

 

If you could see Mary now . . .

 

MAIDEN  
An English Maiden PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  BILLABONG  

HofS 23. PARALLEL UNIVERSE 4. AT THE BILLABONG

For Alice Springs.

 
Parallel Universe 4 PDF WORK ON PAPER UNIVERSE
 
 
  GLENELG  

HofS 6. GLENELG:SEAT OF GOVERNMENT

Salted postcard of a painting by

 

 

GLENELG  
Glenelg: Seat of Government PDF WORK ON PAPER
 

 

  HOFS7  

HofS 7. THE PALE MAN

A pale man with thin visage dressed in a shabby black surtout buttoned to the chin. He is standing by some parcels of books which we soon hear are tracts destined for the use of the passengers. We learn that the habit of his ‘Useful Society’ is to put a number of tracts in all vessels leaving the Port of Liverpool thus they give food for the mind and instruction for eternity.

BON VOYAGE

 

 
The Pale Man PDF WORK ON PAPER PALE MAN
 

100 HOFS9  

HofS 5. PARADOX

A painting of water and charcoal.

 

 

 

PARADOX 100
Paradox PDF WORK ON PAPER

 


  PIANOFORTE  

HofS 10. PIANOFORTE 1

Taken from 'THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS'

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, and her music scores, were found in a cardboard box at the Saint Vincent de Paul charity shop in Sutherland. These certificates and some of the music scores have been salted.

 

 
Pianoforte PDF WORK ON PAPER PIANOFORTE

               

 

 
  b  

HofS 17. MISERERE DU TROVATORE

from 'THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS'

 

 

 

MISERERE  
Miserere du Travatore PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  MELANCHOLY  

HofS 29. MELANCHOLY HARDSHIP 1

 

 

 

 

MELANCHOLY  

Melancholy Hardship 1a. PDF WORK ON PAPER

Melancholy Hardship 1b. PDF WORK ON PAPER

 
  HOFS18  

HofS 8. MAO TSE TUNG SAID

Mao Tse Tung said

Change must come

Change must come . . .

through the barrel of a gun

 

MAO  
MaoTse Tung Said PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  PAPILLON  

HofS 9. LE PAPILLON

Taken from 'THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS'

 

 

 

PAPILLON  
Le Papillon PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  INSULARAUS  

HofS 28. INSULAR AUSTRALIA 2

 

 

 

 

INSULARAUS  
Insular Australia 3 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  SHIP   HofS 21. SHIP SHIP  
Ship PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  BASTARDS  

HofS 19. OH ! WE ARE SUCH BASTARDS

Taken from 'THE CERTIFICATES OF DORIS BREARS'

BASTARDS  
Oh ! We are such bastards PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  HARDSHIP  

HofS 26. MELANCHOLY HARDSHIP 2

 

 

 

 

HARDSHIP  
Melancholy Hardship 2 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
  AUSTRALIA  

HofS 27. INSULAR AUSTRALIA 3

 

 

 

 

INNSULARAUS  
Insular Australia 3 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 

 

  GUIDINGSTAR  

HofS 40. THE GUIDING STAR

 

 

 

 

 

STAR  
The Guiding Star PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  PORTRAIT   HofS 45, THE FUTURIST PORTRAIT  
The Futurist's Dilemma 2 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  WAVES  

HofS 31. LEONARDO'S WAVES 2

Taken from a salted postcard of a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci

 

 

 

 

LEONARDO  
 
 
 
  LANDSCAPE  

HofS 41. AN AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE

AUST  
An Australian Landscape PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  CONVICT  

HofS 46. CONVICT

CONVICT  
Convict PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  REDFERN  

HofS 47. REDFERN

REDFERN  
Redfern PDF WORK ON PAPER
 

 

  SCAPE  

HofS 42. AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE 2

AUST.  
Australian Landscape 2 PDF WORK ON PAPER

 

 
  SEA  

HofS 50. SEA: THE WARP AND THE WEFT

SEA  
Sea: The Warp and the Weft PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  FUTDILEMMA  

HofS30. THE FUTURIST'S DILEMMA 3. (Video not uploaded yet.)

FUTDIL  
The Futurist's Dilemma 3 PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  JAPAN  

HofS39. JAPAN

JAPAN  
Japan PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  HONOUR  

HofS52. HONOUR ROLL

HONOUR  
Honour Roll PDF WORK ON PAPER

 

 
  CONVICT  

HofS54. CONVICT ONCE

CONVICT  
Convict Once PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  STROMUNG  

HofS55. STROMUNG

STROMUNG  
Stromung PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
  SEASCAPE  

HofS56. JAMES BROWN HAS LEFT THIS PLACE . . .

SEASCAPE  
James Brown has left this place . . . PDF WORK ON PAPER
 
 
   

 

 
 
 
   

 

 
 
 
         
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