In 1855 Sir Edward Knox, founded CSR (Colonial Sugar Refining Co) and began to construct his mansion ‘Fiona’ in the elite suburb of Woollahara, Sydney. ‘Fiona’ also means ‘pure white’. Sugar when refined turns pure white. Woollahra is an Aboriginal word meaning camp, meeting ground or a sitting down place.
In 1907 Walter Rothschild published a book titled ‘Extinct Birds’. It was an attempt to unite in one volume the birds which have become extinct in historical times or were on the verge of extinction. Through this volume I perceived a link to the act of cessation. Pattern of Extinction is conceived as a series of works united by a symbolic design that converge on the shadowy profile of extinct or endangered birds that appear frozen upon found CSR sugar sacks.
These new works consider the relationship of cause and effect in an effort to understand links. They embody re-purposing principles and challenge the possibilities of process. Sugar sacks are stretched upon dismantled timber shipping crates that were used in export processes. Extinction is presented here through the birds absence; only its shadow remains. The checker pattern considers the matrix of power relationships, while the painterly appearance is disarmingly deceptive.