Project Description

Irony and Pathos at the End of a Chapter

The 50-year old Western Districts Grampian’s Wool Scour was decommissioned in February 2009. The specialised scrubbing machinery was sold and shipped to China, where Australia’s wool will be processed more cheaply.

I captured imagery of workers, machines and environment during the Scour’s final two days of operation. I returned a fortnight later to capture additional imagery of the still and silent factory.

My intent was to capture the atmosphere, commitment, irony and pathos at the end of a chapter of Victoria’s agricultural history. The resultant body of artworks, Without a Trace, had its debut exhibition at the Hamilton Regional Art Gallery in 2010.

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