I was going through a pile of old books that I had never taken the time to read. I stumbled across a paper published by the National Association of Research Society Press on an exhibition they conducted about an island named, Sandy Island. The exhibition was created to explore the different perceptions cast from a number of unrelated individuals regarding the Island’s ambiguous history. Its director was Alfred Wellington who, I soon found out, was deeply consumed by the Island’s existence.
As I found myself becoming one of those individuals, I felt compelled to make a compendium of all the known documentation of Sandy Island. Among the writings of James Cook and others, it became impossible to write about the Island without a closer inspection of Wellington’s work, who dedicated much of his lifetime to researching the Island.
His prolific writings cover, in great detail, the Island’s history starting from its discovery in 1774 up until his death in 1963. For anyone interested in the haven, his writings are an unquestionable keystone. From his writings, two books were published: Legends of Sandy Island (1954) and Three Sandy Island: History of an Unknown Island (1965).
With all the research surrounding the Island, there is an absurd disconnection from one legend, story, and moment of recorded history, to the other. The author’s interpretation consolidates these parts as each of them was written in direct relation to what he assumed the history of the Island was.
While any given interpretations are understood by the viewer as absolutes, these absolutes are changing throughout the stories. They are bendable: Sandy Island becomes a looking glass to one’s inner orientation. Perhaps this is why Wellington, and myself, spent and spend, respectively, all our time with the Island.
Thena Tak [CHAIR]