HEATHERMATTHEW
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Bodies in the Water | 2013 - 2014

In 2013 the Australian Government wrote advertisements in the national newspapers declaring that if you arrive by boat without a via you will not be settled in Australia. I made a suite of printed works on paper responding to this.

By Boat | 2014

By Boat | 2014

Screenprint on handmade banana, linen & kozo paper. 43w x63h

Exhibited IAPMA exhibition The Nexus of Craft and Fine Art in Papermaking, Fabriano, Italy 2014.

By Boat parodies proclamations published in national newspapers in 2013 to pose the question - If Captain Cook came to Australia today, would he be allowed to settle? Cook and his crew arrived in Australia by boat without a visa, hoisted the British flag to claim the land and started the unstoppable tide of colonial history. Perhaps the Indigenous Eora peoples would have turned back successive boats if they had known what was to come.

(life) jacket | 2014

(life) jacket | 2014

Handmade cotton paper, screen printed on linen and banana paper, plastic buckles, stitched.

Exhibited Paper on Skin Wearable Arts, 2014, Burnie, Tasmania.

Wearing this (life) jacket does not guarantee safety or sanctuary. It is at best something on which to pin your hopes, at worst it is the last refuge to cling to when your boat has sunk in a black night sea, your own jacket has torn and survival means retrieving another jacket from the body of your friend or relative floating beside you.

This jacket comes with its own warning, when arriving by boat to Australia you will not be settled. 

Bodies in the Water | 2013

Bodies in the Water | 2013

Screenprint and stitching on handmade banana, linen & kozo paper. 42 x 63cm

Exhibited Byron Arts Classic, Byron Bay, 2013.

Red stitching over repeated facsimile images of Captain Cook's  barque. Hope unravels for refugees clinging together in the water waiting in vain to be rescued.