This diptych belongs to a developing series mapping tracks I have travelled over eight years working as a remote, non-indigenous arts worker in the Kimberley. The wet plate image shows a dark savannah scene with termite mounds commonly scattered across the Kimberley landscape.
The incised lines and shapes derive from map references showing the tracks I repeatedly travelled between my home, Mowanjum Aboriginal Community and Derby township. The lower track is the main road, and the other is a dry season track that cuts across the Derby marsh when the ground is hard. Between the two tracks, boab trees and termite mounds fill the space.
I use wet plate collodion because of its moody and mysterious shadow quality. Wet plate chemistry does not react well to the Kimberley heat, so I staged the scene using material and clay in a lighting studio. I integrate drawing into the Tintype by scratching into the surface of the plate, removing the collodion emulsion to reveal underlying layers of copper and aluminium.