These prints are literally scratching the surface of the rich history of the harbour as a place of work. At the moment of first contact the Eora women were the dominant and skilled fishers working the harbour in their bark canoes, with their cooking fires and children on board, being the main food providers for their people all around Sydney. The convicts put to work on the islands and around the harbour foreshores, excavating and constructing. The planting of Farm Cove, the shipbuilding, industrial, transport and naval sites. We catch glimpses of the harbour from many points in Sydney in all lights – sometimes glittering, milky or dark. Always magical and mysterious, imagining past histories that took place on the harbour. The remnants just hinting at the activities and energy that went on before.
Anthea FitzGerald is a Sydney based artist and teacher. She has taught art and design in the NSW Department of School Education, Long Bay Gaol, University of Technology Sydney and UTS Insearch.
Anthea is currently printmaking at Roslyn Kean’s studio/workshops, and exhibiting at Gallery East, Clovelly, in 2015, 2017, 2019.