Wayne Youle, Things were going swimmingly until…, 2020. Powder coated laser cut aluminium, 238.5 x 166cm.
“In this work, Youle has taken inspiration from Captain Cook’s diary and matched the words with related symbols and shapes that reflect Youle’s own translation. The silhouettes tell the visual story of the day in 1770 when Cook and the Endeavour made first contact with the Gweagal people.”
“By providing a visual narrative, Youle offers a way of retelling history, distilling its elements into a new order. This translation from written word to silhouette and symbol encourages a recalibration of the narrative as told by Cook.”