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Shore of certain happiness : 1788-2012 / [Gwen Harrison, Sue Anderson]
Bib ID 6157376
Format BookBook
Harrison, Gwen, 1947-
Description Sydney : Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson, 2012 
[22] plates : col. ill. ; 36 cm. in 37 x 30 x 3 cm. clamshell box. 

"This artwork comprises a series of prints and a variety of texts including reflections from historical and contemporary writers that explore the silencing of the marginalilsed: from the oppression of Indigenous Australians, to the exploitation of the English and Irish convicts, to the dehumanisation of asylum seekers. In this work the artists seek to represent the way in which minority groups have been and still are denied their right to a voice. This 'Australian way' sits uncomfortably with our popular self-image and diminishes the strength and validity of our democratic society."--From Lessons in History, Vol. II, Democracy (Grahame Galleries, 2012), p. 7.


Variable limited edition of 6 copies.

"A collaboration between Gwen Harrison, painter & printmaker, and Sue Anderson, letterpress printer & designer binder. Multi-plate etchings, sugar-lift and aquatint, with chine colle. Letterpress printing on a Potter Proof Press, handset Baskerville and Gill Sans lead type, various wood type. Zerkall, BFK Rives, & Kozo. Bradel binding."--Colophon.

An artists' book. "Story of Gardiner's Back from Old Convict Days by William Derricourt, alias Day, edited by Louis Beck in 1899, held at Mitchell Library, New South Wales. Story about Mazhar Ali from SBS documentary, the Man Who Jumped, 2012. Australians: Origins to Eureka, volume 1, 2009 by Thomas Keneally. The Fatal Shore, 1987 Robert Hughes. History of Australia by Manning Clark, 1996 edition." --Colophon.

The Library's SR copy is 2 of 6 signed by the two artists.


Bradel binding in hand dyed grey kangaroo leather boards with contrasting bright yellow goat leather spine. Black and white leather head and tail bands. Grey endpapers with Fabriano Roma watermark. Clamshell box made by Wayne Stock, covered with light yellow starch-filled book cloth with grey paper lining. 

Subjects Derrincourt, William, 1819- Old Convict Days.  |  Prisons -- New South Wales -- Cockatoo Island -- History.  |  Convicts -- New South Wales -- Cockatoo Island.  |  Etching, Australian.  |  First Fleet, 1787-1788.  |  Prints, Australian.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Anderson, Sue, 1948-
Exhibited Exhibited in: Quaranta Australis, by Gwen Harris & Sue Anderson, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 7 September to 7 October 2012.  Exhibited in: Lessons in History Vol. II - Democracy, Grahame Galleries + Editions, Brisbane, 27 October to 15 December 2012. 


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