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23 Nov 2013 – 09 Feb 2014

I Spy: windows and doors in art

Opening event from 2pm, 23 Nov 2013

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery


Curators: Meryl Ryan and Stephen Goddard

Artists: Jane Burton, Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy, Georgina Cue, Dong Yuan, Kirrily Hammond, Roger Hanley, David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton, Callum Morton, Scan, Justine Varga, Craig Walsh and Yuendumu Door artists Paddy Jupurrurla Nelson and Paddy Japaljarri Stewart.


Journals I-V 1997

charcoal, graphite, pastel, screen print and intaglio on paper; hand made book (leather, paper, cardboard, cotton and pencil)

5 journals, each: 18.8 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm

Collection of the artist


In this series of artist’s books, charcoal drawings are layered with intaglio and screen-printed text, representing fragmented memories of travel experiences. Each journal represents stages of a journey. The first begins with very faint drawings and prints that are like distant memories. As the journey progresses, the journals gradually change in character, towards more intense, dark and multi-layered imagery in the fifth journal.

Journals I-V are objects inspired by a diary kept during the mid-1990’s which chronicled my experiences travelling to Fraser Island in Queensland, living in Glasgow and travelling throughout Europe. During this period I filled the diary with drawings, collage and writing so that it became saturated with memories of people and places. On returning home, I drew on this personally evocative material to make a series of artist’s books that utilised various printmaking techniques in combination with drawing and bookbinding. The real and fictional imagery as well as fragments of texts present an alternative narrative that reimagines my personal experience of travelling and transforms it into a more universal representation of a journey.





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