trace is a suite of images that explore the myth of Lohan Tuka, a white woman (imagined to be a shipwreck survivor), who was reputedly held captive by the Aboriginal tribes of Gippsland in South Eastern Victoria, Australia. The myth began with a sighting by explorer Angus McMillan which was reported in Sydney and Melbourne newspapers in 1840. McMillan provided an inventory of household items and clothing abandoned by a fleeing group of Aboriginal people, among whom he believed he saw a European woman being held against her will. I have re-imagined the incident.
These works were first shown at Langford 120, Melbourne in September 2011.
View the installed exhibition here.