Antonia Aitkern's site-specific practice uses drawing and printmaking processes to make large-scale abstractions and performative interactions with landscapes that bare witness to significant human impact and the ongoing struggles of a post-colonial society. Her work attempts to raise questions about how we understand and represent our relationship to these sites over time. Having already undertaken a residency at Hill End with composer Timothy Hansen in 2008, Aitken aims to use her 2012 residency to investigate Hill End's gold-mining history and remnant mine sites through the creation of a large-scale hand printed woodcut and series of intaglio prints in collaboration with Hill End Press.
IMAGE: Antonia Aitken, Vestige, Rosendale Mine, 2011, Woodcut on Kitikata paper, 158 x 240cm. MENU IMAGE: Antonia Aitken, Volume 1, 2009, aquatint on Hahnemuehle paper, 80 x 90