"Bless their dear little faces"
This body of work was exhibited at Belconnen Arts Centre (May-June 2021).
During our first COVID lockdown in Australia (2020) I started going through my reject 'Rabbit Sized' cyanotype prints and over-dyeing them with eucalyptus leaves. The leaves were sourced from the property where I live in Wamboin (NSW, Australia). Exotic plants were then overlaid like a collage, effectively obscuring the animal, as a metaphor for the obscurity of these small Australian mammals both within the landscape and within the Australian psyche.
My mind then turned back to the journey of John Gould and his wife Eliza, who travelled to Australia from England during the 19th century to research exotic birds and mammals. This series is about their travels too, incorporating images from Gould's publication, 'Mammals of Australia' (illustrated by Harold Richter), and his and Eliza's documented travels, including by bullock cart and visiting Eliza's brother in White Box landscapes.
The series title is a quote from one of Eliza Gould's letters home to her mother in England. The reference is to their three children left in the care of Eliza's mother, while John and Eliza travelled to Australia.