Archive for April, 2010

Coober Pedy delek land

April 25th, 2010  |  Published in field research, inspirations  |  Leave a comment

The land of ochre! The opal mining leaves mounds of it, People build their houses in it and nearby their are mountains of it called the breakaways. This is Antakirinja Mutuntjarra country.

antakirinja mutuntjarra sacred site

antakirinja mutuntjarra sacred site

Lake Eyre

April 23rd, 2010  |  Published in field research, inspirations  |  2 Comments

This ancient lake is filling up at the moment and is nearly half full. My family and I stayed in Marree, Arabunna country, place of many possums the pilot told us, as we flew over the southern and northern lakes. The colour shifts and shapes created by salt, sand and water tilted perspectives as I zoomed in to create compositions.

water edges its way onto the salt and sand beds

Lake Mungo

April 19th, 2010  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Mallee country ancient lake beds massacre history for paakantyi, ngyiampaa and mutthi mutthi traditional owners. White and a bit of red creating pink earth.

the most pristine colourful sandunes I have ever seen, I thought the pink ochre would be lovely to paint with.

Journey to Gunbalanya

April 13th, 2010  |  Published in field research, inspirations  |  Leave a comment

My family and I are embarking on the long drive from Canberra to Arnhem Land towing my little caravan. We will be visiting many places in the desert areas along the way such as Lake Mungo, Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Karlu Karlu, Mataranka springs, and Nitmiluk. The vast Hay plains in Wiradjuri country were in the midst of a locust plague. Crossing invisible state borders resulted in all our fruit and veg supplies being wasted due to fruit fly exclusion laws. One of our first stops once in South Australia was the beautiful town of Renmark. I preferred it to nearby Mildura in NSW and overall found SA to be really impressive.

The scene on the Murray was so South Australia as in a postcard. Little did I know how arid and spectacular South Australia would become.

Rosella print

April 13th, 2010  |  Published in field research, practice  |  Leave a comment

The resulting decomposition print appears clean as though the body protected the canvas from the elements and dried out rather than melting. I did not brush the canvas down or dye it in eucalyptus, only pulling it through the vinegar bath as the creamy colour of the canvas appealed and there was no smell evident. The drops of sap from the eucalyptus tree provide the reference to place.