The Log (to hold, handle and expose to light)
'The Log (to hold, handle and expose to light)' is an artwork for the group exhibition 'Locale' at Heathcote Museum and Gallery, curated by Melanie McKee and Monika Lukowska. My artwork comprised of scanned and reprinted facsimiles of 'The Log' a publication originally created by patients and staff of the hospital, which are now part of the Heathcote Hospital Collection (City of Melville). I first encountered these booklets in the basement storage of the Melville Shire offices.
My facsimiles are presented for direct engagement within a reading room context, so that the stories of the patients, staff and external contributors could be read once more. This work seeks to highlight the extensive history of print media at the former hospital, which is largely unknown, and hopes to ground viewers further exploration of the exhibition 'Locale'. The works in this show considered place in a myriad of ways, through print processes.
The reading space is flanked by two elongated prints of local flora, which celebrate the slippages inherent to printing with a dot matrix.
Many thanks to Yolanda Cool, Gina Capes, Kaylene Poon and Jana Braddock from the City of Melville for their permission, support and assistance. As a fitting and final gesture the facsimiles have since been formally donated back to the City of Melville for direct engagement within library and museum contexts across the shire.
'Locale' also featured works by Melanie McKee, Monika Lukowska, Emma Jolley, Gemma Weston, Rachel Salmon-Lomas and Layli Rakhsha.