Images below are part of the digital records taken during the January residency and are sketches of ideas taken from the site, alongside pinhole experiements and experiments in solagraphy which are still insitu and being developed over time.
The Gatekeepers Cottage and the Quarantine Station:
The Gatekeeper’s Cottage is situated on the 17.5 hectare Police Point Shire Park, Portsea which has a rich history that played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. Point Nepean Peninsula is a nationally significant cultural heritage site ‘…located in the [traditional] lands of the Boon wurrung balug, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong/Boonwurrung who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria’ (Management and Conservation Management Plan, 2012). It intersects with Boon Wurrung and European cultural heritage and the present day.
My residency has been split into two seasons of exploration. Starting with the long light of summer and gentle sea breezes, it will then conclude in the low light and more rugged season of winter.
The initial visit was a way of exploring the site extensively and developing a greater knowledge of the way in which I can respond to the historic and social nature of quarantine and the sites defence past.
Images above are all taken while exploring the site and represent a recording of aspects of the site rather than the artistic work undertaken (currently being edited and in process)
The material explorations have been undertaken in digital, pinhole photography and solagraphs, are being developed over a 6-8mth period and I will represent them in this website in an ongoing update.
Information regarding Expressions Of Interest here: