Today Jade and I carried out dad’s plan for his taxidermy exhibition.
It has been a big effort beginning with finding a tree to match dad’s drawing. On the morning after dad passed away, Darren picked me up at dawn in the garbage truck taking me to Hyams Beach to see the sunrise over the ocean, and there was a dead ghost gum with perfect branches for dad’s tree! He then picked up in Wreck Bay where we said goodmorning to a couple of friends before picking up in Jervis Bay Village and Erowal Bay where we saw an old family friend who gave his condolences about dad. I felt a wonderful sense of community support.
After the week of mourning where days and nights were full of our close-knit family coming together to organise the most beautiful and perfect goodbye to our wonderful dad and nagypapa, Jade, Adam and I went and obtained the tree. It was in a very difficult to reach place but the men found success. Back in dad’s courtyard Jade built a stand for the tree and we selected the birds to place on the branches. Then came today where we woke early to pack all the taxidermy into boxes to place in the van and ute. I traveled to Booderee to collect the seaeagle and echidna while returning the fairy penguin dad had fixed for the info centre just before he passed away. The staff were touched by this and a friend came there and gave me a cuddle. The sea eagle only just fit in the ute due to the wingspan! Once home and packed Jade and I drove in convoy the hour to Bundanon and installed Barbay’s Nature Display at Riversdale. the supportive Bundanon staff were very happy with our work.
Siteworks is on this Saturday the 26th.
Dad and I have an exhibition at Gallery Envelope, a pop-up gallery in Nowra.
Once I installed the show I showed dad photos and he was very happy and excited.
My father has also been invited to exhibit his taxidermy at Bundanon for siteworks this year as the theme is the feral amongst us. Although he does not have many feral animals, he will be showing mainly native animals.
For a subject in my secondary teaching degree I am required to create a body of work about an object in the Chifley Home Museum in Bathurst. I have decided to include the digital diary movies that I will be making throughout the project and the final works on my blog.
Darren and I drove the ute to the shroud site, but once I removed the body of the kangaroo, the smell was diabolical! I spent most of my time running away from the stench so I could take another deep breath and hold it while trying to put the rancid canvas in a vinegar tub. I didn’t have enough vinegar needing another 40 litres. The stingray was much easier to deal with and the print was perfect.
The lorikeet’s colourful feathers are so beautiful, but the print on paper needed to be exposed to the elements more so the feathers could be defined. Darren enjoyed taking photos of my disgusted expressions and flights to escape the cloud of doom!
Today my interview with reporter Jo was published in the South Coast Register. I also spent time finding a local source for bulk vinegar in preparation for tomorrow’s shroud processing. In the studio I have been obsessively painting the colourful shells that were made into traditional Yuin necklaces by Julie Freeman, which I bought from the Galamban exhibition at CMAG a few years ago.
Yewande and I walked to the shroud site yesterday and saw the stingray very dried and the kangaroo losing fur now and internal liquids. In the studio I have been stitching canvas soaked in eucalyptus and wattle leaves to the back of the woodducks shroud to fill the holes in the body stain. I have also been working in ochre on ‘Nebachudanezar making a Cloud (after Boyd)’. Today I began working on the Woollamia Rosella shroud using oils and find the fumes a shock after using ochres. Yesterday I also began a mural project with local school student Eliza. The design and painting method were all her idea and its looking good!
The Following works reference original works by Boyd in title and/or composition.
The personal significance is in relation to my son Zephyr Nebachudanezzar born on the Shoalhaven river when Adam and I lived in a farmhouse across the river from Bundanon.
I just have to talk about the wombats.
Wombats are really cute and noisy (so they keep me company). They peak through the window at me while I work and leave their poo on the verandah, I gotta be careful in the dark…