Jane has spent days creeping around with deer hunters; has drawn shearers and wool sorters at dawn, and watched a stock hand slaughter sheep for his family. She has climbed hills and roved the many valleys of a Tasmania rarely seen by its usual visitors.
During the past two years she has been dealing with the working lives of her extended family: The Furneaux Island Willis family and their community.
I shed my skin Janes initial project about the Furneaux, aims to understand how isolated geography encourages community traditions. The resulting artwork is a testimony to generations of family enterprise and character, but it is also a reflection of much that has changed. The various working relationships between generations of families and the Indigenous community have existed for more than one hundred years. As a non–Indigenous descendent, she has been learning about the people, and their contexts, in their islands and waters, during this change. It is a complex microcosm of many other regional communities, across Australia.