This artwork is from the series 'In-Flight' which explores abstract vignettes of the Queensland landscape viewed from 25,000ft. Claire Grant takes inspiration from her work as a flight attendant, exploring the aerial perspectives from her office window. The sky is filled with blueprints made from aviation navigation charts. This chart features a map of the approach to Cairns and Townsville, along the city-hopper route from Brisbane to Cairns, affectionately referred to as the "milk run". Each print is hand-torn to the same dimensions as the windows of a dash-8 aircraft, to evoke the feeling of being on a plane gazing out at the scenes below. An increasingly rare experience during the travel restrictions imposed by the global pandemic.
Thirty-six Views of Queensland (from my galley window) no. 22, no. 31, no. 7 / 2019 - 2021
This series is inspired by an aerial view of the landscape, viewed through my tiny galley window in the rear of a dash-8 Q400 aircraft. Snaking rivers are formed by a batik inspired encaustic wax-resist and the skies are filled with dandelions and feathers symbolising flight. The title is an homage to ukiyo-e master Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji which famously utilised the striking Prussian Blue pigment which is also created in the oxidation of ferrous ferrocyanide salts during the cyanotype process. Prussian Blue had only recently been introduced to Japan from Europe and was a popular colour choice in aizuri-e woodblock printing.