Michael Edward Hedges
Michael Edward Hedges hails from the Blue Mountains.
His main artistic influences are the graffiti art of Banksy and the moody animations of William Kentridge.
Michael is in the second year of the Bachelor of Visual Arts (Digital Media) and is enjoying engaging in the whole menu of skillsets the course aims to develop: compositing, animation, video, sound and network art.
When on this piece you cast an eye, think of the man that is not nigh.
This was the statement inscribed on a piece of metal that started it all. I became fascinated with the idea of love poured into such a little token. This is the precipice of my work, the focus on the journey and its intended love. For love has no boundaries, love conquers all.
Title: Requiem of the Heart
Date: May 2009
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Some 160,000 convicts were sent to the Australian colonies from 1788 to 1868. One of those convicts was Thomas Lock. He was convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to 10 years' transportation to New South Wales. Before Lock left England, as he waited in prison for his sentence to be carried out, he used a penny to make a token of remembrance to leave behind. The inscription reads:
WHEN / THIS YOU / SEE / REMEMBER /
ME WHEN / I AM FAR / FROM the[e] /
THOMAS / LOCK / AGED 22 / TRANSPed /
Lock gave this memento to a loved one when he sailed for Australia. He arrived in Sydney in September 1845. It is not known if he ever returned to England.
Collector and consultant Peter Lane detailed his research on convict tokens in a presentation at the National Museum on 13 June 2009. The talk also covered the Alexander Mussen ambrotype and the Muriel McPhee trousseau.