These images are my response to the COVID19 Stage 4 lockdown in Melbourne, originally announced for 42 days from 2 August to 13 September 2020.
Melbournians were limited to travel within a 5km radius, and only allowed to leave home for four reasons, 1 hour of exercise per day. A curfew between 8pm to 5 am – 8 pm was also imposed. This self-directed project focused my time and energy and helped me to remain productive during the lockdown.
I made a boat for each day of the Stage 4 lockdown. Once the boats were fired and glazed, I photographed the boats in different environments as installations. Once the Stage 4 lockdown was lifted I was also able to photograph the boats outside the 5km radius from my home.
Each boat’s surface shows stitched seams. The crudely stitched seams on the boat are metaphors for fragility, the act of mending and patching together our lives.
These installations were completed January – February 2021