Fontanelle Gallery, 2014
In family stories, dramatic or important life events tend to be mythologised into legend. One such event is a murder at Skillogalee Creek, north of Adelaide. The victim, John Mansforth, known as ‘the sergeant’, was a distant ancestor who worked as a shepherd on a farm by Skillogalee Creek. He was brutally bashed after a drunken argument at the nearby Port Henry Arms hotel. Accounts of this incident from 1850 survive in newspaper archives and in the biographies of Kudnarto, a Ngadjuri/Kaurna woman whose witness statements form part of a compelling account of evidence leading to the murderer’s arrest.
Text – The trouble with trouble
The Find, 2014, install detail. Art Gallery of South Australia collection
Snake bite, 2014, Lambda photo print on Metallic paper 54 x 54 cm. Edition of 3.
Horse Head, 2014, lambda photo print on metallic paper. 54 x 54 cm. Edition of 3.
Angel Inn, 2014, mixed media, Art Gallery South Australia collection
Neat Drop detail, 2014, Art Gallery of South Australia collection
Miner’s Hat, 2014, photo on brush aluminium. Edition of 3
Out of Town, 2014, silver plated tray, seed pods
Devil Garden, silver plated tray, seed pods, chain.
Skull boats, 2014, photo on brushed aluminium. Edition of 3.
Snake Bite, 2014, silver plated trays
Neat Drop installation detail, mixed media. Art Gallery of South Australia collection
Neat Drop, 2014, mixed media
Hellfire Creek, 2014, photo on metallic paper, limited edition