Longford Prison Door On Rathdowne Street
19 Nov 21 – 4 Dec 21
window viewing 24/7, lights on 10 – 6
Elizabeth Day will be at Occasional Space Saturday 27 November 2 – 4 pm
or by appointment
Longford Prison Door (1827) on Rathdowne St, Carlton
These works are part of the ‘prison on the landscape’ project that began when Elizabeth Day worked with female prisoners at a women’s gaol in Sydney on a garden project with Aboriginal and migrant women. They sought to metaphorically reclaim the land under the prison at Windsor by making designs that were a memorial to its pre-settlement history.
Day is currently working on a writing project that covers around ten projects that she has done in, and also referencing marginal sites of prisons and institutions. One of these was called Invisible Words/Invisible Worlds that began with a residency at Newcastle University, Department of Physics where she was enabled the possibility of looking at carbon nano tubes, one atom thick through an electron microscope.
The works here Longford Gaol Door (1827), MIGRATORY HIGHWAYS WERE BLOCKED, RETALIATION MADE THINGS WORSE, IT WAS PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, show how she developed a poetic comparison of unravelled opportunity shop garments and carbon nano-tubes, attempting a forensic revision of our early history.
Invisible Words/Invisible Worlds here at the Occasional Space are approximately sandstone block size. The comments relate to the yet to be reconciled processes embedded in our country’s history. For other iterations of these works please see: