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Quaranta Australis / [Gwen Harrison, Sue Anderson]
Bib ID 6157518
Format BookBook
Harrison, Gwen, 1947-
Description Sydney : Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson, 2008 
[10] plates : col. ill. ; 39 cm. in 42 x 42 x 5 cm. clamshell box. 

An artists' book, with round pages. The artists reveal their response to Sydney's historical colonial site, the Quarantine Station, where the unwanted and marginalised were incarcerated. Their work conveys strong parallels to today's displaced peoples.


"The North Head area was used for quarantine of travellers by sea and then by air from 1828. While only a small proportion of immigrants to Australia were interned at the Quarantine Station it is important as a symbol of this process and particularly of the concern that diseases would be contained and the populace would be kept safe. The evolution of the present form of the Quarantine Station was influenced by the modernisation of public health, Australian self-management and a response to local conditions. The principles of human quarantine in the 19th and 20th centuries are illustrated in the overall layout of the Quarantine Station and in its isolated setting. Overlaid on the functional concerns of disease control is the evidence of social stratification, shown in the segregation of passenger accommodation into classes, and the different standards of accommodation which were provided for each. Very few places in Australia retain a setting or a complex of buildings which is so clearly able to demonstrate the notions of class and racial segregation practised in Australia until after World War II"--Environment & Heritage, New South Wales, as at 5/12/2012.


Title from colophon.

Limited edition of four variable copies. Signed and dated by the artists.

"A collaboration between Gwen Harrison painter & printmaker, and Sue Anderson letterpress printer & designer binder." --Colophon.

"Multi-plate intaglio prints: copper plates etched with aquatint, photocollographs and collographs, Letterpress printed on a Jens Aanesen platen press, handset Egmont lead type & antique wood type. This copy is on Velin Arches 400gsm, printed with Charbonnel ink and bound with kangaroo vellum."--Colophon.

Quotations from "In quarantine" by Jean Foley, Sydney: Kangaroo Press, 1995.

The Library's SR copy is no. 3 of 4, signed by the artists.


Unique binding structure, devised by the artist, consisting of individual circular leaves. Each leaf has a vellum folio guard sewn onto two vellum slips laced into cover boards. Spine decoration in black, grey, and yellow oasis goatskin. Front and rear covers have fair calf edging with drummed kangaroo vellum floated over collaged etchings and letterpress text. Grey cloth clamshell box with grey paper lining made by Wayne Stock. 

Subjects North Head Quarantine Station -- History -- Pictorial works.  |  Quarantine -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- History -- Pictorial works.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Intaglio printing -- Australia.  |  Letterpress printing -- Australia.  |  Prints, Australian.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Emigration and immigration -- Pictorial works.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Anderson, Sue, 1948-  |  Foley, Jean Duncan. In quarantine
Exhibited Exhibited in: Quaranta Australis, by Gwen Harrison & Sue Anderson, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 7 September - 7 October 2012. 


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