DescriptionLooby’s etching for this series represented the Australian chapter of a project he started in Europe titled, the Fairytale History of the World. The Australian history, was however, anything but a fairytale, rather it was based on real events and real people. It therefore changed its format in its new iteration. Like a conventional history it is consequently chronologically ordered and presented as a carefully crafted, series of cartoon-like drawings that graphically present the history. Its trajectory begins with the evolution of human life on the island continent. It then acknowledges its settlement by Aboriginal peoples in a range of drawings. The concluding series addressed the cross-cultural encounter and the tragic fate of the First Australians at the hands of their English invaders.
Early images of the series such as ‘First Life’ depict the primeval microbial universe of prehistoric Australia. Starkly confronting, its threatening precariousness is delineated by an abstract worl