In February 2017 Breckon spent a month at Fremantle Art Centre creating three-dimensional drawings out of thread inspired by her experience at Bungarun, the Derby Leprosarium. The work will form an exhibition called The Big Sick, the name commonly referring to Leprosy by Kimberley Aboriginal people who where most effected by the disease.
The Big Sick focuses on the historic Bungarun Leprosarium, a national heritage site located outside of Derby, North Western Australia. Bungarun is haunted with stories of love, friendship, illness and the resilience of individuals and families suffering with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) between 1936 – 1986. The site now abandoned and in an increasing decrepit state, marks a unique period of medical and community history especially for Aboriginal people removed from country for treatment. Bungarun is a peaceful place during daylight hours, haunted by nightfall. Explored through drypoint etching and 3-dimensional drawing, the latter will form the basis of a residency at Fremantle Art Centre in early 2017.