Bunker Entrance (South Head) 2009, synthetic polymer on canvas on wooden frame, 188 cm x 162 cm x 330 cm
Installation from the exhibition Big Painting, Fraser Studio's, Sydney 2009. Below the streets of towns and cities throughout the world are the forgotten spaces of civil defence bunkers. Some are left over from WWII and others from the Cold War. Exploring margins of the city, one comes across overgrown and heavily reinforced doorways leading to some subterranean world of unknown design and use. Three of these fortified doorways from different cities of the world were recreated in trompe l’oeil and stretched over wooden frames. They were painted with all their accumulated dirt and rust of time. These works, presented in an old warehouse, grow out of the ancient building, crudely attached to the fabric of the walls and floor. They act like strange fortified portals to abandoned stories from our past.