This body of work investigates personal narratives as well as historic truths about Rottnest Island or Wadjemup, as it is known by the Noongar people of the southwest region of Western Australia. Wadjemup means, "place across the water where the spirits of the dead go".
Noongar connection with boodja (country) encompasses all of the spiritual beings associated with the land. Rottnest is the place that my recently deceased sister requested her ashes be scattered. Like myself, and most Western Australian’s she saw this idyllic holiday destination as ‘our’ little piece of utopian paradise. Her passing prompted me to learn more about the island’s dark past – shamefully I knew little.
Jane Tangney, 2016
(right) Turning a Blind Eye, 2016.
mixed media collage, 56.5 x 43 cm