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Sketchbook, Diana Boyer

2008.0043.0008

Object information

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Type

Collection

Dimensions

W 150mm x H 218mm x D 45mm

Material

Physical Description

A glossy black hard covered sketchbook. Gold text on the back cover reads 'Daler / 3405'. The first entry in the sketchbook is a colour photograph of a set of open sketchbooks displayed on plinths.

Statement of Significance

The Diana Boyer collection comprises artworks, annotated sketches and other recordings of life on 'Bobbara Creek', a rural property in the Binalong district of southern NSW, between 1981 and 2007. There are twenty eight items and groups of items in the collection. All are in good condition.

This collection records the imaginative and emotional processes by which Diana Boyer, a migrant from Argentina, settled in an Australian place. The artworks, sketchbooks and other items show Diana's engagement with the ecological particularities of the Binalong district, and with significant issues arising from the social and economic dynamics of colonial history and the present. The items record Diana's exploration of a range of topics related to her life and work on 'Bobbara Creek', including Aboriginal dispossession, the representation of rural women, the value of biological diversity, the broader implications of introducing genetically modified canola to Australia, and the possible consequences of global warming for Australian agriculture.

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