Compiling another of my portfolios, I’ve been revisiting my series ‘Wounded Country‘, which combines texts relating to the early Christianisation of Australia, with representations of archetypal Australian flora and fauna. In particular it uses the anthropomorphic forms and wounded skin of native angophoras as representative of the violence done to indigenous environment and culture. The images combine: photographs from the Royal National Park and other Sydney locations; texts and artefacts of early settlement; vintage book pages. These works were completed between 2001 and 2009.
January 2010 – Murray River near Loxton, South Australia; text from the Journals of Charles Sturt 1829-30, pages from the Australian Encyclopaedia 1927 (Irrigation).
‘Welcome to country’ superimposes documents of early white settlement over preserved natural landscapes, and incorporates iconic symbols of nature and spirituality with vintage book pages representing a range of responses to Australian settlement.