Voyagers' Tales: Labillardiere, Beaver Galleries




Institut Francais Residency at Cite Internationale, Paris 6 October 2017- 3 January 2018


I am very excited to of been successfully nominated for the 2017 Institut Francais residency program. During the residency I will undertake a project to develop paintings that re-present lesser known histories of early European contact with the land and people of Australia.  I will focus on the plants and animals transported by members of the d'Entrecasteaux and Baudin voyages from Tasmania back to France. The majority of these were to become part of the empress Josephine's encyclopedic garden at Malmaison, Paris. The images below include the Frontispiece to Francois Peron's narrative account of the voyage commanded by Nicolas Baudin- this shows swans, emus and kangaroos in the grounds of Malmaison in 1807. The  engravings of Australian plants are from 'Description des plantes rares cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre' by Aimé Bonpland, published in 1813.

The Naturalist's Footsteps - Allport Museum and Gallery Hobart 8 February - 19 May 2018

Thanks to ArtsACT project funding, I've travelled to south eastern Tasmania to re-trace the steps of the naturalist of the D'Entrecasteaux expedition, Jacques Labillardiere. I'm exploring this year new ways of painting to convey this and other histories embedded in this location.