This is my studio desk at the moment - I have been undertaking multiple breakdowns of the blocks based on their history. Breaking things down and coding them gives me a better sense of the history - I feel much more connected. This is a Parish map showing Red Cliffs - I don't have a date for it but based on the names noted it's possible its around 1931. Its fairly easy to work out the original blocks from this as any that were sub-divided are noted as divisions of the same number. In this map I have selected a time period (up to 1931) and then coded the blocks based on voluntary departures, cancellation of lease by the commission, longstanding lease holders and deaths. These represent the first land holders only.
I'm still working on this one but it is interesting - there do initially appear to be some clusters - what I would love to do is correlate these with the topography. Some blocks were said to be almost unworkable.
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