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Mary Tonkin’s work is concerned with sites that have a personal, intimate and emotional resonance. Drawing is integral to her practice and the most powerful way of conveying her experience - she makes drawings to define and develop ideas for paintings and to help her make sense of her cognitive and emotional responses to a subject.

This sketchbook contains preparatory drawings for a major painting in the Gallery’s collection, 'Between two logs, Kalorama' 2013-14. The subject is a small pocket within a grove of trees at Kalorama, a farm for rare bulbs and flowers run by her family, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The drawings in the sketchbook were made in the landscape in 2013, capturing Tonkin’s initial encounter with her subject, before it was developed further in a major drawing.




Media categories

Sketchbook , Drawing

Materials used

sketchbook: 77 leaves, 76 pencil drawings on ivory wove paper


19.5 x 19.4 cm leaf; 20.0 x 20.4. x 2.4 cm book closed; 20.2 x 39.5 book open

Signature & date

Not signed. Dated upper c. page 1, pencil ".../ 2013".


Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Not on display

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Artist information

Mary Tonkin

Works in the collection