From the exhibition Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare, ANCA Gallery, Canberra. April 2015.
My research for this project has involved a lot of reading from many sources including digitised newspapers. Trove is an incredible resource for a project like this. I maintain a special database to help me keep track of certain information about block histories. This has been particularly useful when working on settlements such as Red Cliffs. I have recently been spending more time focusing on this part of the project which means a lot of data entry. Now that I have a deeper pool of curated information I am finding that I can explore anecdotal stories more effectively.
Trove is particularly useful for this, some suicides were often kept very quiet within communities but I have found several reports from inquests in newspapers which provide insight into some of these deaths. I recently uncovered an article in The Age about the inquest into the death of a soldier settler at Red Cliffs which stated that he had shot himself through the head with a rifle. Previously the information I had, only indicated an accidental death.
Image: 'A Thousand Miles' acrylic, ink, on kozo. 78 x 96.5 cm. © 2015 Katy Mutton, All Rights Reserved. From the exhibition Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare, ANCA Gallery, Canberra. April 2015.
Katy Mutton is a Canberra based, Australian Visual Artist whose practice is informed by an ongoing concern around trauma and warfare and how these relate to our cultural identity and history. For more information on her artwork visit www.katymutton.com