This blog began to document my PhD research undertaken at the ANU in the painting workshop. During this time I developed a new way to represent animals by harnessing the decomposition of animal bodies in order to produce what I call the Shroud. I also travelled to Western Arnhem Land to the Kunwinjku speaking community of Kunbarlanja where I worked at Injalak Art Centre and learned about rock and bark painting (kunwarrde bim and dolobbo bim). I also collected sacred ochres or delek from dreaming sites with traditional owners of the Warrdjak clan in Maburrinj.

Pictured below is the first Shroud (decomposition print) I ever made of a large male kangaroo in the Monaro on animal sculptor Steven Holland and his partner Tony’s property, summer 2008.

Putrescent (kangaroo shroud) 2008
Putrescent (Monaro Summer male kangaroo) 2008. Kangaroo, rabbit skin glue, gesso on canvas