Australian South Sea Islander
Fourth-generation Australian South Sea Islander, Jasmine Togo-Brisby, great-great-grandparents were taken from Vanuatu as children and put to work on an Australian sugarcane plantation. These works and more examine the historical practice of ‘blackbirding’, a romanticised colloquialism for the Pacific slave trade. Jasmines practice includes painting, early photographic techniques like wetplate photography, and sculpture. I visited Page Galleries this week to specifically check out these works in her show because I am exploring creating plaster casts for my final works this semester. I liked the size not much larger than a serving plate, and the dust raw mat black finish was stunning.