a preponderance of aboriginal blood (2005)
Published by the artist and numero uno plublications in an edition of 5 plus 5 artist proofs and a special edition commissioned by the State Library of Queensland to celebrate the Queensland Centenary of Women’s Suffrage and Forty Years Aboriginal Suffrage.
About a preponderance of aboriginal blood
At first the artist declined the commission by the State Library of Queensland in 2005 to produce an artist’s book to celebrate the Queensland Centenary of Women’s Suffrage and Forty Years Aboriginal Suffrage. But when she heard Loris Williams, former Archivist, Community and Personal Histories Section of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, use the term, ‘a preponderance of aboriginal blood’, in a lecture at the University of Queensland, she felt compelled to undertake the commission to celebrate Forty Years Aboriginal Suffrage.
The artist’s Aboriginal Grandmother, Grace Isaacson, was born on Riversleigh Station in North West Queensland in 1912. Watson says, “Being with family, talking with my Grandmother, absorbing her memories, gaining an insight into her life and the way she sees the land, being shown bushfoods and sites is some of my major research as an Indigenous visual artist. The strength of these experiences sustains me and is the touchstone for my work.”
In a preponderance of aboriginal blood copies of original documents from the State Archives are presented simply. They are photocopied onto thin paper, and, using chine collé, are overlaid with etched images of blood. The artist states that because the material from the archives already has a latent power she didn’t want to change very much and that its leakage onto the page was enough.
Watson says, “I view this material with a deep, personal hurt for my family and for all Aboriginal people.” a preponderance of aboriginal blood is dedicated to Loris Williams. Signed and numbered.16 pp, 42 x 32.5 cm in folio, 43 x 32 cm (closed) 71.3 x 99.2 cm (open). numero uno plublications in an edition of 5 plus 5 artist proofs.
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