Free standing waxed silk

According to the book of the same name by author Bruce Chatwin, a Songline is a method of navigation used by Australian aboriginals in the out-back, they literally ‘sing’ their ancestors out of the ground.

This is my version of a Songline. In my search for a fixed anchorage point for my own context I have searched my history and have raised my ancestors. Ghostly, visceral creatures with no fixed state of being, arrested in a moment of ‘conversation’. They seemed happy, almost joyous to be here but were equally as content to slip back into their own dimension when the time came.

During this exhibition a group of five to six year olds from a local school paid us a visit. One child asked me if they were ghosts and could she touch them – out of the mouths of babes.