LOST DIRECTIONS, 2019
Concertina structure artist book, hand-coloured sugarlift, aquatint, etching on Arches Velin 300gsm with monotype cover. 35 x 20cm
Edition of 5
Lost Directions was inspired by the Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy and the incredible work they are doing connecting people to culture and protecting sacred land from the ongoing genocide of white Australia. Djab Wurrung is still at risk of eviction, 16 months after the blockade camps were first established. Thank you to Zellanach for giving permission to document my experience through the creation of these images. All profits from the sale of this book go to the Djab Wurrung Protection Embassy. Lost Directions was made on the stolen lands of the Wurundgeri people. Sovereignty has never been ceded.
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Victoria's native forests are rapidly approaching collapse as logging, alongside climate change and increased bushfire risk threatens the last remaining areas of intact, undamaged forest. ‘Black Wallaby’ documents my experience of the bush as a place of tension and conflict, as everyday people take direct action against ongoing destruction.
This book takes the perspective of the 'black wallabies', the activists who work tirelessly against the tide of the inevitable, running through the undergrowth in the dead of night, tying machines together, and climbing into the canopy as dawn breaks, occupying the area for as long as possible and drawing attention to an antiquated practice that has slipped under the radar for too long. 'Black Wallaby' is a quiet reflection on resistance in the last of these forests.
i’m not sure where we’re going but i know we’re not there yet, 2018
Etching, aquatint, drypoint. Hand-bound book of 6 prints.
35 x 20cm
Edition of 3
NO GREAT BARRIER, 2018
Aquatint and etching, concertina structure artist book. 21x15cm (closed), edition of 6.
In January 2018, I travelled on a flat-bottomed barge with about 40 other people to a remote island on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Nature was still in control here, and I was in awe. North West Island, at only one square kilometre, is home to 500,000 birds and is the nesting ground for 6 different species of turtle, one of which is endangered.
With no regulation, no briefing, and little information, the tourists thoughtlessly crushed coral as they walked over the reef they were exploring, and polluted the water with fishing boats. Tents got in the way of turtles coming up onto the beach to nest and torchlights scared them back into the water as people watched on with excitement. Turtle hatchlings ran into the forest confused by camp lights, and seagulls that had come to the island on fishing boats snatched the ones that headed for the ocean. The most ominous sign of our impact was the reef - bleached and badly damaged by ocean acidification and climate change. Seeing all of this I couldn't help but wonder what we were doing there.
'No Great Barrier' is a reflection on the unintended and often unavoidable impact of our presence through our sense of entitlement to all corners of the globe.
EXCLUSION ZONES, 2017
Aquatint and etching, concertina structure artist book. Hand-printed on Japon paper by Sophie Westerman.
Edition of 5 (+APs)
Exclusion Zones is a series of 3 images that focus on the current mismanagement of native forests in East Gippsland, Victoria, where activists have long been working to detect, locate and record the presence of threatened species including the Greater Glider and the critically endangered Orbost Spiny Crayfish in order to protect areas marked for logging by VicForests. Recent efforts have seen the temporary closure of several logging sites until further notice on the basis of environmental regulation breaches, while activists are also being prosecuted for entering exclusion zones illegally to record the presence of native wildlife whose limited remaining habitat is being destroyed. The final image is of a logged site on Mt Kuark - an area conservationists hope to protect indefinitely.
Jobs and growth, 2016
Drypoint artist book, double-sided concertina structure. Hand-printed on 145gsm Zerkhall paper by Jaime Powell and 5 Press.
Digital prints in hand-bound book.
THE COST OF LIVING, 2016
Lithograph artist book, concertina structure.
Hand-printed on 300gsm Somerset Satin paper by Jaime Powell.
I FLEW TO SYDNEY TO SELL BOOKS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, 2015
Monoprinted concertina structure artist book. Edition of 11.
TINY BOOK OF DISASTERS, 2017
A collection of 10 major weather events to have occurred around the world in the past 2 months (Jan-Feb 2017). Carbon transfer and watercolour.
BOOK OF SMILES, 2011
50 smiles photographed over 30 minutes. Digital prints in hand-bound book.
LIFE DRAWINGS, 2011
Assorted post-it notes from 2011 in hand-bound book.
Book of torn notes taken by my hypnotherapist while helping me work through a persistent and paralysing creative block. End pages taken from an exercise on visualising the block.