Illusions of History

Hugo Michell Gallery, 2016

For the group show Illusions of History  Sue continued to bring together divergent events and stories that occurred around Adelaide from the mid-1800s. These works respond to impressions from tales of people living on the social margins and in places along liminal zones, such as rivers, creeks, swamps, bullock trails and public houses, some of them run by  women such as her three times great grandmother, Mary Bailey. This series of works also responds to the history of the Reed Beds, a large expanse which lies west between Adelaide and the coast. Once a natural floodplain, the environment of this wetland has been drastically altered. After the arrival of  British colonists a thin strip of land hugging the Torrens River was soon scattered with houses, farms, horses and paddocks dispossessing the Kaurna meyunna from their source of food along the river.