PICTURING THE ISLAND
Dates are important, and so easily forgotten. In January 2016, Marian Crawford began exploring how her recollections of a childhood in the tropics could be contextualised within Pacific Ocean cultures and their histories, colonialism and the implications of climate change for island nations in Oceania. Could the recollections of a child-of-Empire be presented without re-creating the colony, and how could a work of art explore these differences? Could a re-presented image bring the past to life? Picturing the Island presents the many voices of print culture to mirror the lives of contemporary Kiribati, the notion of home in dangerous times, Crawford’s work as an artist and her childhood in the colonial culture of Ocean Island.
Images Courtesy: Aaron Christopher Rees