TERRA AUSTRALIS 1996
– works from the penal colony series 1996
ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra
* The body of work comprising the Penal Colony Series was developed between1993 – 2001. The works including painting, installation, printmedia, photography and video, have been exhibited in museums, institutions, commercial galleries and ARIS. The Penal Colony Series incorporates related bodies of work: The Avenue of Honour – anatomy of a monument, and Learning Chinese. Learning Chinese incorporates exhibitions: Transcriptions, Materia Prima, Equidistant – anatomy of a project (see further biographical details.)
Janenne Eaton: Colonial Influences, Lynne Magor-Blatch, Imprint,
Lately, Janenne Eaton has been working her etching plates with a meticulous intensity reminiscent of an archaeological dig. This is no accidental approach. Her current work combines etching and collagraph in a way that brings a distinctly visceral, tactile quality up to the surface, metaphorically suggesting the ‘scarring of the land, the aboriginal culture and the backs of convicts whose story forms the basis of the new body of work……..The Penal Colony Series explores our colonial past, beginning with the arrival of the First Fleet, and has been developed from Janenne’s explorations of the visual historical records made during the early days of Colonial settlement. These include maps, topographic drawings and watercolours of native flora and fauna.
- exert: Janenne Eaton: Colonial Influences, Lynne Magor-Blatch, Imprint, Spring 1996
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