# 14660

HINDS, John (1950 - )

This ferral Australis!

$1,650.00 AUD

How Terra Australis (a utopian terra nullius) became Ferral Australis (a dystopian terra numbskullius!) by Mr. John Hinds Esq. 2014  or … an ironic meta-narrative on the pluralist hybridity of the hegemonic colonialistic simulacra, referencing the semiotic intertextuality of a paradigmic Shakespearean narratology. A hyper-critical poststructuralist pastiche on the metaphysical extraction of urine! Melbourne : the artist, 2014. Folio, calico over boards with linocut design, calico wrappers, 14 leaves bound concertina style, linocuts with hand colouring, facsimile pages, on occasion treated and discoloured by the artist to simulate ageing.

‘Limited edition of 10 copies, hand printed and bound 2014 by the artist at Fire Station Print Workshop, Melbourne, on Magnani ‘Incisioni’ Ivory 310gsm, with collaged and altered pages from facsimiles of ‘Sydney Gazette 1805’; facsimiles of the ‘Journal of Lieutenant William Bradley of the Sirius, 1786-1792′ and various Australian histories, 1971-2.’ (colophon)

‘A concertina-bound artist’s book, light-hearted in tone, which toys with ideas of feraI-ness (or ferality) in Australia, with sections covering animals, humans, and the climate. Images of the skulls of four examples of introduced domestic animals (horse, cat, dog, and pig) are overprinted on facsimiles of an early colonial newspaper. The human feral is evoked in the form of four ‘recently discovered’ mock-Shakespearean sonnets, allegedly written by a convict forger, overprinted on facsimiles of a First Fleet journal. The climate going feral on a summer’s day is recast with a Shakespearean phrase (‘sometimes too bright the eye of heaven shines’) and images of human-faced suns overprinted on a school history textbook. The whole book has been antiqued and faux foxed (with tea), branded, perforated, and stamped, to further the historical conceit.’ (National Library of Australia)

A highly political contemporary artist’s book, referencing colonial Australian documents and the writings of Shakespeare, created in an edition of only 10 copies.

Held in the collections of the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.