Sydney Paper Contemporary 10th – 13th September 2015
One German frock (from McMillan’s inventory) (2011)
digital print 108.0 x 88.0 cm in edition of 5
Two pea-jackets (from McMillan’s inventory) (2011)
digital print 108 x 88.0 cm in edition of 5
other works in series
digital print 84.0 x 100.0 cm in edition of 5
McMillan’s waistcoat (2011)
digital print 104.0 x 84.0 cm in edition of 5
Incident at Jemmy’s Point (2011)
digital print 82.0 x 103.0 cm in edition of 5
Moleskin trousers (from McMillan’s inventory) (2011)
digital print 103.0 x 84.0 cm in edition of 5
New brown cloak (from McMillan’s inventory) (2011)
digital print 107.0 x 86.0 cm in edition of 5
Drawing on the ground (2015)
Drawing on the ground explores what it means to keep oneself alive through an engagement with the land, the ground. Jan Davis examined garden and farm diaries held in the John Oxley Collection at the State Library of Queensland for what they told her about ‘gardeners’ and their lives, she explored the labour of the First Australians by examining artifacts such as grindstones or woven baskets from the Queensland Museum Collection, and she collected settler and explorer observations of the outcome of Aboriginal labour.
Drawing on the ground is loosely chronological and moves irregularly between pages of text and drawings. The text is handwritten or hand-stamped while the drawings are made with carbon paper.
The artist describes Drawing on the ground as part diary, part history, part fiction, part autobiography.
This work is the outcome of a Siganto Foundation Artists’s Books Fellowship that the artist undertook at the State Library of Queensland in 2014-15.
Artist’s book in an edition of 5 (each unique) 22.7 x 31.5 x 2.0 cm. 192 pages: 68 pages of carbon paper drawings, 37 pages of handwritten and hand-stamped text. Half bound in red kangaroo skin with black buckram by Fred Pohlmann. Red stained page edges.