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Tracings of Industry

Cindy Tonkin - August 11, 2012


crayon, acrylic and thread on canvas 2012 55x77cm.
The most lovely thing about this piece is its texture – it looks and feels like it’s fabric.
It is in fact an oil pastel rubbing on rice paper sewn to canvas. You will see traces of my favourite machine on Cockatoo Island and letters.
This is the first work in which the A of King Street, Enmore Road, Wilson Street and Erskineville Road showed up. This one is closer to reality than some of the others.
I have also picked out some other streets and the traces of the railway line.
It’s called tracings of industry because of the rubbings, and of course because the Cockatoo machines hark back to Newtown’s industrial past.

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