2014 Creative Fellow Jan Davis

Jan DavisJan’s project, One thing becoming another, labour-infused artist’s books which investigate lives of toil in nineteenth and early twentieth century rural Queensland, looked at farm and station diaries held in the John Oxley Library. The use of pen and ink in the diaries inspired Jan to reacquaint herself with using a fountain pen. Her hand written text in Drawing on the Ground and the traditional binding of her book are a ‘nod’ to the station records which informed her research. Her artist's book, research notes, preliminary drawings and mock ups are housed in an archival box in the Australian Library of Art collection, reflecting the storage of station and farm archives in the library.

Jan discusses the making of her work during the Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Seminar 2015.(43:34 – 1:07:02)

Explore Jan's creative process on the Australian Library of Art Blog