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Artist in residence – Police Point Park – Mornington

Tara Gilbee Untitled (Field notes from a Quarantine Station 12mth solagraph) 2019

The material explorations undertaken in pinhole photography and solagraphs, are being developed into a context for exhibition and display now. They were developed over a 6-12mth period, on my return to the site over the course of 2018=2019. These artworks are part of an extended residency process using camera-less photography to take traces of the light and temporal aspects of the Quarantine station.

Taking the form of a type of field notes for the embodied exploration of the landscape. Many aspects of my experience were sensed and recorded via note taking, sound recordings and other digital means but this sat in an ancillary fashion around the process of tracing the space and movement of light, bodies and weather over the surface of photographic paper, which only registers a proportion of this as present, the rest is all absent from imprint. Not disimilar to the echos of absence of the site itself. Having once protected the borders of societal concerns.

Tara Gilbee Untitled (Field notes from a Quarantine Station 12mth solagraph) 2019

 

Tara Gilbee Untitled (Point Nepean field notes pinhole 1) 2019

 

Tara Gilbee Untitled (Point Nepean field notes pinhole 2) 2019

 

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 were left insitu and developed over 6 and 12 mths at a 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)

 

Information regarding Expressions Of Interest here:

https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/Arts-Culture/Arts-Culture/Police-Point-Artist-in-Residence-Program/Police-Point-Artist-in-Residence-AiR-Artist-Brief