Louise Daniels

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Charcoal Drawings


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Found Charcoal and White Ochre on Canson 240gsm cotton rag paper SOLD Paper 57 cm x 76 cm Frame 82 cm x 101 cm, Plexiglass and matting HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRY, Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize, Sydney, May 2021 SOLD at exhibition Hundreds of years old, these oyster shells have fallen from their midden in tebrakunna, the far north east of lutriwita (Tasmania). Enjoyed by my ancestors, the discarded shells formed the middens in the sand dunes today. Ongoing storms visibly erode the dunes, causing shells and ash to fall to the beach. The ocean then reclaims the shells, completing the tidal cycle. Many important events took place here during colonisation, including the abduction of women by settler sealers, and negotiations between my ancestor chief and his colonisers. Our people lost so much, so quickly, in lutriwita, that these fallen, ancient shells cause me sadness. Holding one, I feel a connection with the old ones and their country. This drawing used found charcoal from tebrukunna, and local white ochre. Drawn in the negative, the black gave way to the white paper, which was then finished in white ochre. Colonisation complete.
Posted on December 4, 2020