Charles Avery

The Place of the Route of the If'en

About this artwork

In 2004 Avery began a long-term project called ‘The Islanders’, in which he describes, through a variety of media, the land and the inhabitants of an imaginary island. This drawing represents the square on this island that was the site of the slaughter of many of the island’s natives (the If’en), when humans arrived. The square also signifies a division in the town as the If’en are forbidden to venture further without an accompanying human. Although appearing unfinished in areas, there are contrasting sections of minute detail that precisely describe the lively bazaar. Avery depicts the island’s characters selling their unusual goods including - ‘Dihedra’ (a butterfly-like bird with “wings so thin that they only have one side”) and the island’s legendary ‘Henderson’s Pickled Eggs’.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Place of the Route of the If'en
  • date created:
    2007
  • materials:
    Pencil, ink and gouache on paper
  • measurements:
    Two panels: 162.60 x 243.50 cm (framed: 200.00 x 300.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented anonymously 2008
  • accession number:
    GMA 4999
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Charles Avery

Charles Avery