With Blue Jay Way I set out to evoke both the cultural and natural context of two ‘sacred sites’ of Australian modernism – Heide Museum of Modern Art and Penrith Regional Gallery.
The work included one hundred perforated blue plastic buckets: fifty inscribed with the titles of Beatles’ songs, fifty with the phonetic denotations of particular birdcalls. At Heide the buckets were attached to trees and stacked into columns around the gardens and courtyards of Heide II gallery. In Penrith they were stacked into columns in a courtyard outside Anchor House Gallery.
In the galleries themselves I exhibited cyanotype photograms of various objects: plants (virginia creeper, lavender, leaves, grasses); garden-related textiles like netting and hessian; bamboo blinds; and perforated buckets.
My research entailed fossicking through cultural and biographical documents, including the mythologised narratives of both sites. Equally important were the the sensations evoked by both places, drawn from times spent physically immersed in their sounds and sights.
Blue Jay Way was exhibited at Heide Museum of Modern Art , Melbourne, and Penrith Regional Gallery, Emu Plains, NSW.
- 75 x 56cm
More paper works
- Sonic Pressure 2020
- Orange–Net–Work Drawings 2019
- Patches of Light Watercolours 2019
- Blueprint 2016
- Lacuna 2016
- Sound Lines 2014
- Bushman’s Recall 2013
- Harvest 2012
- Monoprints 2012
- Sounding 2011
- Blue Way Jay cyanotypes - buckets 2006
- Blue Way Jay cyanotypes - plants 2006
- Blue Jay Way cyanotypes - blinds 2006
- Cyanotypes 2000 - 2006
- Cyanotype - chairs 2005
- Cyanotype - buckets 2005
- In-tray 2005
- Lowhead Portraits 2005
- Sound of Manh Tre 2005
- Sound of Lotus Cyanotypes 2000
- Cyanotype - blinds 2000
- Cyanotypes - Sound of Lotus 2000