The History Lesson

Oil on Silverleaf

35 x 43cm

This piece “The History Lesson,” shows a young girl learning about the Australian experiences  and involvement during wartime and in particular the contribution made by women.  I wanted to put this piece together reusing and repurposing material as they would have done during wartime.  Therefore I have not painted this portrait on canvas but have used cardboard instead.  I have also used remnants of silver-leaf that I had collected.  The frame itself is antique and repurposed.

I wanted this work to engage with girls and women so they could see their value and importance to the contribution of the Australian war effort.  It is really important for young girls to be able to identify and see themselves represented in their countries history.