intaglio and relief prints on cut paper, thread; unique print
Queenscliff Gallery & Workshop residency winner, 2019
Courtesy of the artist
Starting with historical images found in the State Library of Queensland’s collection that were then re-contextualised into a more contemporary visual language, Diffraction was made using the strategies of repetition, separation and connection. This work is part of an on-going project titled Picturing the Island that researches my personal history with the Central Pacific Ocean island Banaba (once known as Ocean Island).
ANU scholar, Dr Katerina Martina Teaiwa writes in Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba: ‘I stopped thinking of Banaba as a Pacific island … and began to think of it as a place that was in motion, making and breaking both human and environmental connections while it was constantly in a state of chemical transformation ... the island itself [is] diffracted across time and space.’