Bruce Bradfield is a printmaker of Bardi and Irish descent, who currently etches recycled metal plate with non-toxic practices, but he also enjoys many other forms of working with or on paper.
Through these works, Bradfield has spent over 20 years exploring shapes, shadows, lines and texture in found objects and the natural and built landscape.
Bradfield’s longest project has been to document the building process surrounding the construction of the family home –a rammed earth building – where all the timber that forms the lintels, the windows, the floor, the doors and the wall cladding has been painstakingly recycled by his father, through a life time of collecting
Over the years, all family members have played a part in the build. Whilst the house might appear to be a lifeless object from the outside, its built history holds many stories, captured by camera as Bradfield documented the process that saw all things come together and eventually make for them, a family home through print, Bradfield has sought to share these stories as family members silhouettes mix and blend, with the shapes and shadows already trapped in the building works. Everything leaves its mark.
Bardi: The Bardi people are Saltwater peoples, traditionally come from Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) on the tip of the Dampier Peninsulia – Northwest, Western their family Australia. Past policies removed children from families and these circumstances led to Bruce’s mother being removed and Bruce Bradfield being raised in Geraldton