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Process diary

Allara La Ferla

Erskine Park High School

Artwork title
My blanket
HSC year
2012
ARTEXPRESS year
2013
Expressive form
Sculpture
Artist’s statement

No-one knows how many children were taken, as most records have been lost or destroyed. Many parents whose children were taken never saw them again. Siblings were taken and deliberately separated from each other. Children were torn from their native nest and thrown into a foreign materialistic world. The government’s assimilation plan saw thousands of ‘half-caste’ children trained as slaves for white families. The children were given utility blankets for their bed in the dorm. This blanket was the children’s security from the haunting white society. This is the story of My blanket.

Influencing artists: Fiona Hall, Andy Goldsworthy, Doris Salcedo

_Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this artwork contains reference to and recorded voices of people who have passed away. _