Title: Waterways Series, 2019-20. Medium: Hahnemuhle etching paper, ink, pencil, hand embossing and collage. Size; 85cm x 114m
Watkin Tench’s colonial maps documented the first English explorations of the NSW coast line and waterways. By documenting Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), Botany Bay and Broken Bay he unwittingly recorded the fastest route the 1789 small pox epidemic would use to catastrophically spread throughout the NSW indigenous population. While researching the disease I discovered a Japanese textured illustration from the 1720’s which used embossing and watercolour to demonstrate the stages of small pox. By adding hand embossed figures and collage to the maps the series provides an aerial view of the destructive hidden force and reach of the epidemic.