Timber, fibreglass, paint, screenprinted wallpaper, framed antique print
Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania
This work was made to celebrate the 25th anniversay of Salamanca Art Centre and the history of the warehouse buildings at Salamanca Place, Hobart. It focuses on Hobart's early whaling industry and featured a 2.8 metre high sculptured replica of the pectoral fin of a humpback whale. Coated in a white surface that evokes soap or fat, it was positioned in front of a wall covered in off–white wallpaper that had been screenprinted with white text listing details of 1830s and 40s whaling boats, the crew and their catch. A digital replica of a 19th century print showing people submerging their bodies into the body of a dead whale as a cure for arthritis was hung on the wall.