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Process diary

Emily Hunter

Menai High School

Artwork title
Songlines
HSC year
2018
ARTEXPRESS year
2019
Expressive form
Printmaking
Artist’s statement

My body of work uses etching to explore the intergenerational connection between people and land in a stolen cultural upbringing. Simple lines etched into zinc plates reveal the faces of my father, grandmother, grandfather and great-grandmother. They are in varying orientations to represent the emotional impact of this hardship, subtly making reference to traditional Indigenous carving techniques. The inherent repetition in the zinc plate printmaking process is paired with multiple plate prints, resulting in a series of organic shapes printed in earthy colours that add to the representation of our unique relationships.

Influencing artists:
Judy Watson
Rover Thomas
Tommy Skeen Tjakamarra
Ruby Williamson
Shorty Jangala Robertson
Tommy Watson
David Fairbairn
Mike Parr
Lucian Freud
Frank Auerbach
Francis Dodd