inspirations

Dad’s taxidermy egret

November 28th, 2014  |  Published in inspirations  |  Leave a comment

Its my birthday and dad is delicately gutting an egret.

a week later he stuffs the egret.

Tomerong Public School Mural

November 27th, 2014  |  Published in inspirations, teaching  |  Leave a comment

The talented year 5 and 6 students of Tomerong public school have been creating an amazing four panel mural. The theme is local tall trees crowded with local animals and birds.
Here are some pics.

Pirate and the Wood ducks

November 11th, 2014  |  Published in inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Yesterday I took dad to meet Pirate at his house. His front yard was filled with the most precious and diabolical bones, including whale, dolphin and other large sea mammals, other animal parts such as snake skin and green turtle shells and magnificent hunks of wood. Most bones and wood had intricate images of Aboriginal men and women or sacred animals etched or burnt into them. Dad loved meeting Pirate. They are similar, both with one eye and an obsession with animals and the practice of taxidermy in all its forms. Pirate’s practice includes decomposition in order to retrieve bones so we are looking for a suitable place to collaborate. He presented us with gifts. He gave dad a cattle egret and I was given two wood ducks! Sacred to my childhood, dad had given me a baby wood duck I had hand-raised. I took the ducks to a clearing under a tree in Woollamia to decompose. Darren helped me.

Dad’s Crow

November 11th, 2014  |  Published in inspirations  |  Leave a comment

I found a crow on the road just past Tarago after presenting at the ‘Where are We? Visual Cultures of Placemaking in a Precarious Age‘ conference curated by Melinda Hinkson at the ANU. I had presented about dad and his taxidermy and family history and he had been asking for a crow. When I saw it, a rare find, I knew he was for dad. Dad the taltos or Hungarian Shaman. He took the guts out of the crow yesterday.

Graduation Ceremony

March 1st, 2014  |  Published in inspirations  |  Leave a comment

I graduated from ANU with my PhD in the visual arts on the 20th December 2013.

On Species and AAANZ inter-discipline conferences

November 26th, 2013  |  Published in inspirations, theory  |  Leave a comment

Coming up in Melbourne next week are conferences at the University of Melbourne which I am looking forward to. AAANZ inter-discipline and On Species

The Outsider

October 21st, 2013  |  Published in inspirations, theory  |  Leave a comment

H.P. Lovecraft’s chilling poem

Ursula Frederick

August 2nd, 2012  |  Published in inspirations, theory  |  Leave a comment

A colleague in the School of Art, Ursula is a trained archaeologist and her papers linking graffiti and rock art are published here.

Kate Clark

August 1st, 2012  |  Published in inspirations  |  Leave a comment

Fellow ANU animal studies colleague Rhiannon Galla is about to interview animal artists working in New York, one of whom is Kate Clark
She sent me a link to an interview with the artist in her studio.

Framing Lives

July 18th, 2012  |  Published in inspirations, theory  |  Leave a comment

I am presenting today AT 11:15 in the National Portrait Gallery at the Framing Lives IABA Conference which is the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association. I am celebrating the life and work of the renowned Western Arnhem Land painter and ceremonial leader, the late Bardayal ‘Lofty’ Nadjamerrek AO, respectfully known by his skin name Wamud of the Mok clan since his death on the 16th of October 2009. Yesturday I attended an emotive film screening and talk by a historian I got to know in Arnhem Land Dr Martin Thomas. Seeing people I know in the film and learning that two more important senior men in the community, Wamud Nayinggul and Kodjok both outgoing informants for researchers just like Wamud Namok, have passed away marks a sad year for Western Arnhem land and the generation that grew up in the rock shelters encountering Balanda or Europeans for the first time with their families in their lifetime.