In the early tenuous days of The Swan River Colony, men easily outnumbered the women and women worked as hard as the men.
Female settlers worked alongside their spouses – clearing the land, farming, making and tending their abodes whilst raising the family, making a home, managing workers and trying to maintain community.
Most of my artwork this year is the result of a very narrow distillation of broad research. Generally I am interested in exploring the notions of home, family, communities, everyday life, women’s work and craft.
I honed in on three aspects; hunting birds to feed a starving community, women’s writing (in letters, journals and household ledgers) and the 19th century fashion for bling and originality - including taxidermy bird bodies as decoration.
I revelled in a varied use of materials and techniques – clay, paint, digital print on paper and fabric, found feathers, machine stitch, hand stitch and collage.