My name is Anabel Malcolm, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching (Visual Arts) at Charles Sturt University. I completed my Undergraduate degree at the University of Wollongong in a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2017. From a young age I have been drawing and painting people, which has evolved into a passion for the arts.
Throughout my University career, I have been practicing artmaking as a hobby, completing various small commissions. Now I am focusing on my teaching career and inspiring the younger generations to love and cherish visual arts. Recently I have moved back to my home town, Cowra, where I wish to pursue my visual arts teaching career and make a positive impact on the quality of rural education.
This body of work was constructed in response to the ‘Port’ object which is an artefact found in the Chifley Home and Education Centre. I immediately made the connection between the image of the suitcase-like object and my family. Like Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, my family, The Devery’s, used ports for various tasks, such as travel, school and work. I was intrigued by this object as I have previously conducted a case study on an old fashioned port, and wanted to see if I could take it further.
The three ports each belonged to a family member who either lived or had a connection to the 1940s. Each port tells a tale about the owners lives and how they utilised the item.
Margaret’s- my grandmother- port tells the story of her college life in Wollongong, NSW. John’s- my grandfather- port contains an endless supply of shoe polishing equipment which he used to polish the farm, work and schools shoes each day.Theresa’s- my great aunt- port oddly holds unwashed chat potatoes. As a child, Theresa would often follow her mother during the day, including waiting at the tennis courts. While she waited, she peeled potatoes with innocent joy- not a hobby child would usually be doing today!
Inside the lid of each port hangs a hand-drawn portrait of the owners how they look today.
I have used a dry on dry water colour and mixed media approach. Using charcoal and black marker, I created darker tones to reflect the aging of the object, person and passing of time.
‘Looking Forward-Looking Back’
Drawing and mixed media
55cm x 33cm x 36cm
27cm x 22cm x 30cm
32cm x 24.5cm x 39cm