- A print installation of four large-scaled, drypoint etchings on cardboard, with carborundum, displayed flat, rolled, and unfurling
- Installation: 1.20 m (h) x 5.2 m (w)
This print installation represents a lament of an inland river system.
The motifs of blooms, reeds, and nocturnal blues and teals represent the lineage of my birth and life along the river, and hence the identity of the river as mother.
In Australia, the inland river system is at a critical point of flow. Whilst some natural watercourses are now dry, the river system of my heritage suffers from introduced pest and weed species, and in parts has been halted, diverted and polluted.
This drypoint etching narrative indicates the memory of the flow that has been. At its central point, it is halted, (coiled), and then begins to unfurl. The series is a lament, or crying, for the beauty and health of the water that flows freely.
Our ecosystems are now at the periphery: habitats are at a critical edge, a ‘minutes to midnight’ tipping point. The night time enables us moments for reflection on both ancestry, and ecology.