Artist in residence 2017 : Hazlehurst Regional Art Gallery

I am very pleased to announce that I have been gifted with the opportunity to stay as Artist In Residence (AIR) at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery in April this year.

Below is a list of sites that I intend to visit and trace my familial histories and connect with an important aspect of our collective colonial and convict history.

 

This AIR, within the suburbs of Sydney will enable me an intense focused time to further develop, extend my research of my family history, document places that they lived where relevant and visit sites of historic and Australian significance related to their stories.

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During this trip I will be walking in the footprint of my first fleet ancestors Fredrick Meredith  and Sarah Mason.  Meredith travelled on several ships as a free man and   was connected with the Scarborough, Bellona and the Sirius. His wife Sarah Mason  was transported on the Bellona after being caught in the possession of stolen goods.

It will be a very busy two weeks and site visits will include:

  • Liverpool Museum
  • Liverpool Library
  • Garden Island and the Sirius Anchor
  • State Library
  • Rouse Hill
  • Bankstown Library
  • Salt Pan Creek walks- Panania to Punchbowl.

In April 2017, whilst in Sydney I will spend time at Hazlehurst Regional Art Galleries cottage researching the lives of one tangent of my familial bloodlines.

As a descendent of Fredrick Meredith and Sarah Mason I will be intrinsically researching their lives in the early years of Australian History. Meredith worked on the ships of the first fleet and Mason was a convict woman who travelled to Sydney on the Bellona.

For this residency I will be incorporating multiple Sydney site visits including the documenting Meredith graffiti carved into the rocks on Garden Island, his and Sarah’s resting places in the Liverpool area and the Salt Pan Creek near Bankstown. I will also be visiting local libraries, the Sirius Anchor from the first fleet ship in central Sydney and State Archives.

have been reading up on their lives at a distance and have realised that Meredith was granted land in the Bankstown area and ended up working with the police force there….He may have been responsible for or involved in an indigenous Massacre at Salt Pan Creek. It is certainly well documented that he was speared in the ear by Tedbury, the son of Pemulwuy- the indigenous freedom fighter.

Having worked with and in indigenous communities both in the central west of NSW and the Hunter Regions as a teacher… I would like to redress research and document the histories through the creation of visual material. Whilst “In residence” near Salt Pan Creek I will be enabled to visit sites, photograph and document some of this history without multiple trips to Sydney from the Hunter area.

 

 

 

 

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Port Kembla: Duck Print Fine Art Limited Editions

Tom Goulder and Suzanne Sherwood from Duck Print Fine Art Limited Editions are old friends of mine and Tom is the Master Printer based at this workshop.

I have known them both collectively for long time now, so long that it is scary! I wont go into the fine details….But Tom and I were at Art School at the same time in the 1980s and Suzanne and I went to high school together.

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Reworking an old plate with Tom Goulder.

 

After Christmas I travelled south to spend some much needed rest and recreation time with them and my busy son. Time in their household and workshop in Port Kembla NSW was a wonderful Christmas gift. As always their company was generous, supportive and kind. It is always wonderful to visit but usually we visit and have a holiday from our solo existence in Lake Macquarie. This trip I spent more time than I expected in the studio.

Whilst I walked off the path of printmaking on and off after art school Tom has consistently travelled this path. He has steadily developed the workshop since leaving art school with many reincarnations of venue between Sydney and Port Kembla.

Tom is probably the most hard working printmaker I know. As a master printer he has supported and assisted a long list of artists, overseen multiple portfolios and printed for hundreds of artists- collectively the whole gamut of levels within the art community. This has included emerging young and otherwise, established and mid career artists. Tom is extraordinary for his own skills and abilities as an independent workshop, working for all this time as a solo master printer. To his credit is reaping the result of his own steady support for many artists over 30 years, bloody hard work and research development through process.

During my recent visit I took with me a few etching plates , really just to ask Tom’s opinion and advice about  the application of Aquatint as I am re-learning more about this process to assist with my teaching at Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.

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A wonderful beach walk wit Suzanne and my son after assistance from Tom Goulder.

My memory of learning this media stretches back to 1990s at Sydney University during my teacher training. I acknowledge that I learnt a considerable amount from Patricia Wilson- Adams at Newcastle University when I was enrolled in the Masters program where I worked with copper plates and some zinc.

Additionally , in recent years I also enrolled in classes at Pine Street Arts Centre in Sydney during a residency at Ashfield. Also I did a workshop with Amanda Donahue at NPW in 2014 and a Solar Plate workshop and classes with Susan Baran last in 2015 and 2016.

In 2016 I  have started teaching low toxicity zinc plate etching to my students at NPW and have fallen in love with this process  all over again.

I felt very blessed albeit a little humbled, that over this time that I was assisted to clean and proof a corroded old plate that was begun in about 2003 and had stored badly over the years.  The generosity of his time with me was the best Christmas present that I could have. Coupled with Suzanne and Samantha Waldon’s time taking my son for a walk enabled me rare and focused studio time a a single parent during school holidays.

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A small plate begun as demonstration for students at NPW that Tom assisted me to even up the Aquatint and pr00f over two days we spent together.

 

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Sea Scrolls @Art Systems Wickham

I have been a little busy recently juggling a couple of projects at the same time…. apologies for the delay to post the recent work projects.

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Installation view of work at Art Systems Wickham

 

I am happy to announce that I have begun new work… well prototypes really for possible new work and have been developing new ways to create works.

Artist statement for the exhibition at Art Systems Wickham is written below.  Sea scrolls was an exhibition conceived by the Newcastle Printmakers workshop exhibition committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Print Council of Australia.

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Passage series: Sarah’s journey 2106

 

Passage series 2016 by Linda Swinfield is a suite of print objects that uses photographic images and printmaking to construct visual stories.

Swinfield’s studio practices research family, site, memory and social histories. Swinfield constructs narratives by collaging together collections of related factual, historic documents, social information and oral histories.

In this new suite of works she has turned her attention to her first fleet ancestor convict Sarah Mason who was transported on the Bellona and her daughter Eleanor Meredith. The work uses early photographs of Eleanor as a symbol of women’s struggles during this era, both physical and emotional.

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Passage series: mother and daughters journey 2016

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Sculpture in the vineyards 2016

Digging the clays has been installed at Undercliff Winery in the lead up to Sculpture in the Vineyards opening on Saturday 29th October.

http://www.undercliff.com.au/

This projects was initially conceived at the end of Swinfields residency in Ashfield NSW, at Thirning Villa  at the beginning of 2015.  The work was born out of a discussion with Helen Dunkerley and exhibited at Rookwood Cemetery  in the same year for Hidden Sculpture walk. The collaboration will be exhibited at Undercliff Winery until December.

http://www.hiddeninrookwood.com.au/hidden-exhibition-2015/artists

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A reprinted tile of Hannah Sophia Mead… ready for SITV.

 

We are really happy to find out that the works are being installed close to the site of a 19th Century brick pit in Wollembi NSW. The Mead family who the works were inspired by would happy to know they are honoring the history of the area.

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Installation wall at Curve gallery in July 2016

Whilst Helen is currently away overseas I would like to publicly acknowledge the assistance and advice of many helpers… particularly  Kara Wood Ceramics who re-fired the tiles and Caroline Hale for assistance with transportation, underglaze rescue and installation assistance and advice. and of course my son who earned extra pocket money for helping!

Digging the clays: seeking family is a collaboration that commenced whilst Linda Swinfield was Artist in Residence with Ashfield Council between January and April in 2015.

Born out of a conversation that took place at the residency site with Helen Dunkerley this work investigates the importance of the Ashfield shale clay and its history within this area. Swinfield spent her time in residence at Thirning Villa researching her familial history and brickmaking history connected to this area.

This collaboration utilises both artists’ practices and incorporates both Swinfield’s printmaking skills and Dunkerleys ceramic knowledge.

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Swinfield is connected with the Mead family who were local brick makers. They lived and worked along the strip of land now known as The Cadigal Reserve area. They lived near The Iron cove creek that runs through Sydney’s inner western suburbs between Haberfield and Summer Hill.

Digging the clays incorporates recent imagery that Swinfield gathered whilst in residence including the motif from her Bridge series 2015. This abstract structure is an emblematic reference to the truss bridge, circa 1880 that straddles the area that once was the home and work site of her family who made bricks to build the domestic dwellings of Sydney’s fledgling suburbs during the 19th century.

 

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Trying out different layouts for SITV

This site specific work additionally contains layers of Helen Dunkerleys knowledge regarding materiality surrounding clay and brickmaking history; this is referenced within the surface, its layers and inherent site related material.

 

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Landlines 2016: a postscript

A BIG thank you to Lisa and Wayne Heaton, of Curve Gallery in Newcastle NSW for including my work and a second airing of Digging the clays: seeking family, the collaboration made with ceramic artist Helen Dunkerley exhibited in Hidden 2015 into this curated exhibition in July.

This exhibition also included the work of emerging clay artist Holly McDonald and Catherine Hickson as well as the work of Hunter based Helen Dunkerley.

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This Pop up house forms series was commenced whilst in residence at Ashfield in 2015. The images were a response to roof lines around the residency and about being an artist, travelling and folding up our lives to develop our practice.

They are created with layers of monoprinting techniques and drawing.

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Digging the clays: seeking family is a collaboration that commenced whilst Linda Swinfield was Artist in Residence with Ashfield Council between January and April in 2015.

This site specific work additionally contains layers of Helen Dunkerleys knowledge regarding materiality surrounding clay and brickmaking history; this is referenced within the surface, its layers and inherent site related material.

Born out of a conversation that took place at the residency site with Helen Dunkerley this work investigates the importance of the Ashfield shale clay and its history within this area. Swinfield spent her time in residence at Thirning Villa researching her familial history and brickmaking history connected to this area.

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Final images of the 70 + tiles- Digging the clays: seeking family 2015.  Including images of familial text screen printed, monoprinted and stenciled onto clay with Helen Dunkerley for Hidden 2015.

 

This collaboration utilised both artists’ practices and incorporates both Swinfield’s printmaking skills and Dunkerleys ceramic knowledge.

Swinfield is connected with the Mead family who were local brick makers. They lived and worked along the strip of land now known as The Cadigal Reserve area. They lived near The Iron cove creek that runs through Sydney’s inner western suburbs between Haberfield and Summer Hill.

 She came from Floods bush another series that was commenced at the residency in Ashfield.  Where Swinfield realised that the Cadigal reserve was originally called Floods Bush as inscribed on her great grandmothers birth certificate in the 19th century.

This newer body of works incorporates an abstract structure is an emblematic reference to the truss bridge, circa 1880 that straddles The Cadigal reserve. Once the home and work site of her family who made bricks to build the domestic dwellings of Sydney’s fledgling suburbs during the 19th century.

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Landlines: Curve Gallery 2016

I am very pleased that the work produced over the past 12 months, commenced whilst I was artist in residence at Ashfield between January and April last year will be in a group exhibition at Curve Gallery Newcastle next month.

The exhibition will include the collaboration from last years Hidden install at Rookwood Cemetery with Helen Dunkerley Digging the Clays: seeking family, my own screen prints and drawings on paper.

Opening on July 8th at 6pm.

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Iron cove creek series ( working title) Postcard size.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doing it for our kids: School fundraiser

In the lead up to the 125th Anniversary at my sons school in April, I volunteered to screen print make T shirts and tote bags that could be sold to raise money for the P and C.

I wish to thank artist and designer Joh Waller for volunteering her time and expertise to get the dot screen right and printmaking awesomeness !!!

Also a HUGE thanks to all the  fabulous selfless staff and community participants at Awaba Public School who worked through their holidays to get it all done!

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