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Industrial Son

Cindy Tonkin - August 16, 2012

Acrylic, oil pastel and thread on paper on canvas 75×60 2012

Winnie, who has lived in my street in Newtown for more than 80 years tells stories of every factory that was within a few miles of our place. People walked to work in glove factories, box factories bread and boot factories.

This piece begins with an oil pastel rubbing on rice paper I did on my favourite machine on Cockatoo Island. I superimposed a hand drawn map of Newtown (thanks Google maps!), and added some acrylic washes.

With its strong golden yellows and oranges the work literally shines like the sun.

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