Bolt Hole

Bolt Hole explores themes of identity, ancestry, home and heritage. Relics, both physical and emotional, of the past and of our familial history have a way of shaping, containing, connecting and binding us. But also the ability to penetrate us, leaving holes and absences which must be grown around and inevitably shape our identity.

Bolt Hole references these themes through its material as well as its form. Carved from red-gum house stumps and pierced with railway bolts found in a family garage – remnants of a grandfather’s time working on the railways, the work is imbued with familial history.