The Rooted Series, The Wild Plants Series and other drawings on Plantation Ledger Pages

Suites of drawings and paintings (2015). Photo credit - Mark King.

Saccharum officinarum and Queen Anne’s Lace, Latex on Plantation Ledger Pages, 70”h x 81”w

 

This series of drawings functions as graphic interventions into 1970s plantation ledger pages, the substrate designed to log activity which took place on the plantation. Data entered into ledger pages was primarily economic including registering wages, field activity and rent rolls as well as measuring rainfall and the signing out of agricultural implements to plantation labourers.

These drawings counter the daily logging of economic activity on the plantation by inscribing other images that offer alternate ways of reading the site. This includes drawings of wild plants seen growing in former sugar cane fields; images of roots, people, text from 19th century wills, lace etc; complicating the single story written in these plantation ledger pages.

 

 




 

 

The Rooted Series #1-4, Latex on Plantation Ledger Pages, #1 / 41” x 16” | #2 / 41” x 30 ½” | #3 / 41” x 30” | #4 / 21 ½” x 30”

 

 

 

 

 

The Wild Plants Series #1-5, Latex on Plantation Ledger Pages, @ 22” x 13”

 

It is My Will, Pencil, coloured pencil, latex and acrylic on ledger pages, 22” x 16”

 

Class of Labour

The Class of Labour. Acrylic on ledger pages. 22" x 16"

 

Edith Gertrude

Edith Gertrude Theodocia et al. Acrylic on ledger pages. 22" x 16"

 

Forma de acuar

Forma de açúcar. Coloured pencil, pen, gold leaf and acrylic on ledger pages. 22" x 16"

 

Growth Crack

Growth crack. Coloured pencil, pen and acrylic on ledger pages. 22" x 16"

 

Old Palmetto Royall

The Olde Palmetto Royall. Pen and acrylic on ledger pages. 22" x 16"

 

By courtesy of the artist