Susanna Castleden’s work in this year’s FAC Print Award continues the artist's engagement with ideas around mapping, exploration and flight. Castleden says of the work: “This work was made in Utah in late 2019, a few months before global mobility was halted. It's a rubbing of a plane, a 1950’s Expeditor that had already been grounded after being retired from service 35 years earlier after being used for aerial mapping missions. I liked that it had helped map the world, and in turn, I was mapping, at 1:1 scale, its worn and marked surface through the tactile process of frottage.” In this work the marks of the graphite, the artist’s hand gestures, the bruising from the wind and smudges of sweat, co-mingle to capture a small segment of a permanently stationary aircraft.
1:1 Expeditor Tail
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.