A two year residency at the Electron Microscope Unit, Sydney University, resulted in several bodies of work, the starting point of which were scanning electron micrographs I made of single-celled marine protozoans.
No larger than grains of sand, these organisms once lived in the waters of Broken Bay at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River before washing up on my local beach where they lay invisible to the naked eye.
In the work Mapping Home I wanted to present the organisms as a metaphor for the body and chose specimens that resembled heads or body parts. A map of the river and its catchment has been superimposed over the image, its red and blue road systems serving as a metaphor for blood vessels and arteries.
In a more recent version of the work I printed the images onto a very light paper which I then crumpled up so as to add the idea of transience and the quality of the water in which the organisms lived.
This work was part of a larger exhibition in which I was exploring ideas around loss and connection to place.