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Natasha Sim

Joined October 2017

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My entry for the Create Art History competition, for the theme “Weird and Wonderful Creatures”.

My parents are migrants from Malaysia, who had moved to Melbourne to start a family. When I was a kid, my dad would frequently take me to the local library and encourage me to read, so that I would learn how to speak and write English well.

I was never allowed out much when I was small, but reading books allowed me to learn about the world and travel to different places. I was particularly interested in stories about peculiar creatures encountered by explorers.

This illustration is a tribute to the explorers who catalogued those peculiar creatures, and to the power of books to take readers to new and strange lands.

State Library images used:
Various Fish (Louis Renard)
Sea creatures (Isaac Commelin)
Platypus (no author listed)
Mer-people and fish (Joannes Jonstonus)

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