Barossa Regional Gallery
26 November 2014 to 19 January 2015
Like most Australians I live on the coastal plains of our continent.
Rainfall and fertile soil create dense populations of both people and vegetation.
But my childhood was spent in other regions.
Places where the flat endless horizon seemed to mark the edge of the earth, and red, yellow and purple rocky hills and mountains showed their aged and rugged faces to the warm sun, their ridgelines dotted randomly by singular tree forms.
Sparse and mohawk like, these tree elders of the interior stand as strong and silent sentinels keeping watch over the ancient lands below
. They map the boundaries of the arid lands, the dry lands, the less hospitable lands and the stories of travels etched deeply into my childhood heart.
16 pieces in total
approx 3.5 cm X 3.5 cm each
fabricated and etched
sterling silver and copper
i lived in Cloncurry for a short time
in the copper fields
and often travelled the road from there to Mt Isa
in the back seat of the Holden
these pieces are most reminiscent of those days