Art in Victoria Park at Artlands 2016
I make visual stories using new and mixed media with a collaged sassy female form as the heroine of my stories.
The inspiration for this work came from time in Dubbo. I walked to the river and followed the path along its banks, appreciated the many beautiful and majestic river gums and heard the screeching calls of the sulphur crested cockatoo. I then headed back towards the city of Dubbo, noticing that the buildings have their back to the river.
At Victoria Park, nature is preserved, manicured and contained. The graceful fountain with its bubbling movement of water symbolising eternal energy, timelessness but directed and controlled compared to the ever changing currents and floods of our majestic rivers. Fenced and landscape the park is a preservation to the pastoralist tradition.
I enjoyed visiting the zoo, seeing these majestic animals from all over the world transported to rural Australia and preserved and cared. To represent the zoo, one of Eugene Delacroix’s famous tiger images ‘Tiger and Snake’ 1862, seemed the most appropriate. Framed and installed on the outside of the building.
The RTA signage, surveillance and bollards are our contemporary society’s attempts at preserving a way of life. The phallic-like bollards, with their chains seem a tad ridiculous in the face of an onslaught of the flood waters coming. Likewise, the detour sign, suggesting that nature’s impending flows head elsewhere. The camera surveillance sign warning to be self- vigilant as you are on video.
My sassy, larger than life female protagonist is playfully and rebelliously in the thick of all of these contradictions and paradoxes.
I make images of sassy women in new and mixed media. In 2016, a solo at Grafton Regional Gallery. In 2014, I was awarded the Windmill Trust Scholarship Encouragement Award.