Stepping cautiously through the ruins of 1480 Plenty Road, Whittlesea, I found myself looking for signs of the people that once lived there. Alison (b1931 d1998) and Milton Graff (b1929 d2009), brother and sister remained unmarried until their deaths, rarely venturing from their childhood home. They were considered ‘eccentric’, surrounded by piles of newspapers and railway auction purchases.
The paintings and shadowboxes are glimpses into Alison’s world, her childhood and young adulthood. *The collage elements including found objects are sourced from the ruins of the Graff homestead. I have attempted to create a sense of their isolated lives, removed, at times suspicious and disinterested in the progress around them.
*The house is heritage listed. I contacted the owner Mr Andrew Runge and obtained consent for the removal of various papers and small items.