An ongoing series of artwork by Australian artist, Christine Porter of the machinery and tools on the sheep and cattle stations across Australia she visits as an artist-in-residence.
In the days before machines were made of plastic and computer chips, they were made from cast iron, melted tin and chopped down trees. There’s a permanence about them that suggests a different way of dealing with the world. Nothing was instant, then. It was built to last, and it has. No matter where I travel, I see the remnants of this time; the machines, now redundant, but often-times still usable. Some have been restored. Some are restored moments after I record them. Some are kept in “museum” sheds. Some are left rotting in the paddocks – technically difficult thing to do, but rust valiantly they do. Usually I make one or two paintings in each series of the machinery there. On more than one occasion the machinery and other left-over-bits have become a key motif in the series. This page is about those works. They are a salutation to the iron-craftsmen who created them, the tradesmen who used them, and the historians who value them.
Christine Porter Lismore 2013
Each project there are a few paintings of old machinery. At the time of updating this page, Christine is about to present a new body of work. … watch this space. These few works are at Christine’s studio/gallery in Lismore. Please contact us to purchase or to book a studio visit.
available giclee prints
Full Moon Publications has published several cards from Christine’s paintings that feature old machinery. Buy cards now
These paintings have all been sold