Title: Safe Keeping Series
Artist: Judith Roche
Judith series of small size canvases pays homage to the women who lived in the once thriving mill town of Jarrahdene, in WA’s south west. It is firring, therefore, that Judith’s delicate works are displayed carefully in a Coolgardie safe once owned by another pioneering women of the south west, Alice May Stanley. Alice was instrumental in developing an excellent herd of Guernsey cattle which produced some of the best milk in the district. Her safe has been passed down through the Stanley family, who have generously loaned it to the National Trust for the Safe Keeping exhibition.
Title: Mooro Boodja
Artist: Alan Muller
Alan Muller had created a painting that has been custom made to sit on top of a Coolgardie safe from Wanneroo Regional Museum. His work depicts the land around Lake Nowergup, now in the Shire of Wanneroo, but for many thousands of years in safe keeping as Mooro tribal land.
Title: In Memory of Herbert Carpenter
Artist: Louise Morrison
Louise has not only responded to the Coolgardie safe from the City of Belmont Museum collection, but also to other objects she discovered in the museum. In particular, a Prisoner of War postcard written by a local man Herbert Carpenter.
Title: Safe Colour + Fish
Artist: Paul Moncrieff
Paul has made a replica of a Coolgardie safe from Albany Historical Society. Brightly coloured and made of plywood, Paul has built an impressive yet completely functionless scale copy, presented on a vibrant piece of artistifical turf - a sly reference to the CY O’Connor’s engineering fest of bringing water to the parched WA goldfields.
Today, three generation of the Stanley Family from Busselton visited the Safe Keeping exhibition. Margaret Paterson (nee Stanley) loaned her grandmother’s Coolgardie safe, once used on the family’s dairy farm, to the exhibition.
Image credit: From (left to right) Margaret Paterson (nee Stanley), her mother Maud Stanley, brother Michael Stanley and daughter Kelly, with their family’s treasured Coolgardie safe featuring artworks by Judith Roche.
A close up of a reconstructed face from the Reading Faces heritage festival event at East Perth Cemeteries on the 5th & 6th of May. Across 2 days the participants built the anatomy of a face – muscles – and then put skin onto it to get a sense of what the person whose skull we were working on looked like.
Dr Susan Hayes, who ran the workshop, is a facial anthropologist.
Title: A Seat in the Wilderness; The Dining Room and I Didn’t See Myself Leave This Place
Cherish Marrington, a recent art graduate and now studying theatre production at ECU, has created a fascinating series of small works for Safe Keeping. Using the Coolgardie safe from the Trust property Tranby (Peninsular Farm), and working with objects loaned from the Army Museum of WA, Cherish has provided visitors with a poetic narrative of war time family life which can be viewed across the exhibition space through a Battery Command Periscope!
Title: Hessian, Wind and Water
Jewellery artist Rachel McKenzie was inspired by the raw materials that comprise a Coolgardie safe for her beautiful creations. Rachel’s padlock and key pendants are suspended above a Coolgardie safe that has travelled down to Perth from Carnamah.
Title: “Save the Guidlfrord Hotel - Coulda Woulda Should”
Artist Simone Hicks has transformed her Coolgardie safe, on loan from the Swan Guildford Historical Society, into shrine to the Guildford Hotel. Around the exterior of the safe Simone has hung miniature protest plackards. Inside, there are illuminated vigils to save this Guildford landmark.
Title: Munday Swamp
Artist LoisHayes has transformed a Coolgardie safe from the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society to make an insightful visual comment on a unique piece of Perth’s natural heritage:
Very high species richness:
87 bird species
20 reptile species including rare Crowned Snake Western Swamp Tortoise
8 frog species
2 mammal species – Quenda and Echidna
2 Western Australian endemic fish populations – Western Minnow and Western Pygmy Perch.
Seasonal food, habitat and breeding recourses for many bird species including; waterbirds, honey eaters Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo and northern migrants.
Now home for diverse industry including; warehousing and distribution park, heavy machinery operations, rail freight terminal, international and domestic airport.