purchased handwritten notes

Between 2005 and 2010,  I purchased hand-written notes from homeless people in the streets of Melbourne's central business district. .  The price of each note was negotiated. Prices normally ranged between $5 and $10 but could go as high as $50 depending on how insistent the seller was. There were often other things to consider when conducting the transactions. For example, sellers often insisted on me creating a new note for them or finding new materials with which to create a new note. The result is a series of works that have been part of a variety of projects including Redeeming the ruin_ the art of consumption at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery  and I walk the line: New Australian Drawing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. At times the project has incorporated assemblage, drawing and installation but it also operates as a simple, cultural archive. 

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