I found these pieces of bark lying on the ground under tall Eucalyptus trees at Mt George in the Adelaide Hills several years ago. As is often usual for me I waited for them to 'speak to me' and then made the snakes in reference to the effect of urbanisation on the natural world.
These pieces of bark were given to me and as usual, I put them on a shelf thinking I could do something with them one day. Previously travelling down the Murray River I had noticed the different waterlines on the River Gums and thought of the effect of salinity on these trees resulting in the many aged dead gums lining our waterways. This installation won the 2014 Broken Hill Outback Area Prize.
51 Permeations, Bark, Gouche, acrylic support, 5mtrsx200cm. 2014
I picked these pieces of Acaccia bark up near my home in the Adelaide Hills because they reminded me of bones and imagined what the underlying surface may look like. They were originally installed together with the digital images of my hands in the Helpmann Academy Graduates Exhibition in 2012
Bones, Acaccia Bark, architectural drafting film, charcoal, inks, dimensions variable, 2012