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Drawing on the Ground

Designer, concept: Jan Davis
Images/graphics: Jan Davis
Categories: Bookwork / Drawn/Painted Books

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Reference no.:L/Dav.J/15.00 Place/Shelf:1A

Book title: Drawing on the Ground
Year made: 2015
Place made: Australia
Original: Yes
(No. in Edition)
Dimensions: 315 x 225
Binder: bound b F Pohlmann
Physical description: half leather, hard cover case binding
Medium: drawings, text
Further information:
"In 'Drawing on the Ground' I reflect on the act of sustaining oneself through an engagement with the land. Garden and farm diaries held in the John Oxley Collection are used for what they tell us about the ‘gardeners’ and their lives. I represent the labour or activity of the First Australians by drawing on certain artifacts such as grindstones or woven baskets from the Queensland Museum Collection. This evidence is supplemented with the recorded observations of settlers and explorers who saw the outcome of Aboriginal labour, whether it was extensive seed caches, finely woven nets, or freshly burned swathes of country. Bill Gammage’s 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: how Aborigines made Australia' which analyses extant written and visual records with a fresh eye, and Darragh, T. & Fensham, R. (eds) 'The Leichhardt Diaries: Early travels in Australia 1842 – 1844' provided observations that stimulated my drawings." Jan Davis (extract from the artist's comment on Grahame Galleries website www.grahamegalleries.com.au)
The project was undertaken at the State Library of Queensland and supported by the 2014 Siganto Foundation Artist’s Book Creative Fellowship.

Designer, concept: Jan Davis
Images/graphics: Jan Davis

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