I've been busily working away in the studio getting ready for my exhibition Post-War: Thousand Mile Stare, in Canberra, opening at ANCA gallery on 22 April 2015. This is a detail image of one of the mapping pieces in its preliminary stages. The process involves a series of layers. First I paint the inks onto washi paper, building the ground, then I impress the mapping linework onto the surface. I then assign colour codes for each block depending on the first soldier settler's history. Each block is differentiated by their history for example, those that were cancelled by the commission for 'non-compliance', those that were sold or abandoned, those belonging to men that died. The image displayed is the largest piece in the show and the blocks that will now be filled in based on its history to 1939, the beginning of World War II.
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