ducks on the board
nicole ellis
ducks on the board:
site work at the woolshed

The first Site Works were produced in a former clothing factory: seventy years of sewing machine oil soaked into the floor through repetitive labour allowed a skin of acrylic paint to peel back, displaying a surface overlaid with history, the detritus and waste suggestive of past use by many anonymous workers. This work, the first produced in a woolshed site, was created using a similiar process, the lanolin from the wool accumulated over a hundred and thirty years of sheep shearing on 'the board' providing the necessary material to lift the imprinted surface. It forms part of a larger work being developed, its title: 'Ducks on the Board', an earlier reference to the presence of women in the woolsheds.

nicole ellis