This week’s #collectionwednesday is this intricate work on paper by Western Australian artist Susanna Castleden (@susannacastleden).

I Must Learn More About The World (Antipodes and Circumnavigations) draws upon a number of successful and unsuccessful global circumnavigations as disparate as Amelia Earhart’s in 1937 and Jessica Watson’s in 2010. Castleden mirrors the flattened depiction of the earth, amplifying the importance of antipodal points (two points on the exact opposite side of the earth or diametrically opposed) in a successful circumnavigation. ⠀

“The repetition of the circumnavigation lines became a way of alluding to the cumulative mass of round-the-world travels, and of indicating the landmasses and territory borders as the lines moved around the globe. I selected 20 land-based antipodal points and marked them in corresponding colours, so that if one is to look carefully the antipodal pairs of Christchurch in New Zealand aligns with A Coruña in Spain”. – Susanna Castleden.⠀

Susanna Castleden is one of Australia’s leading print-media based artists. Born in London, England in 1968, she studied at @curtinuniversity, Perth, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2001 followed shortly after with A Master of Arts in 2002. In 2014, Susanna completed her PhD at RMIT University. Susanna is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Enquiry at Curtin University. ⠀

I Must Learn More About The World (Antipodes and Circumnavigations), 2010, paint marker on gesso on paper, 148.5cm x 158.5cm. Gift of the artist through the Cultural Gifts Program 2016. Curtin University Art Collection. ⠀⠀

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