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SILT | 2018

SILT is a suite of works responding to the flooding of my artist studio following ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

Received the c.a.s.e. inc Mullumbimby inaugural arts grant, 2018.

On exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum 18-27 May during the Murwillumbah Art Trail 2018.

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

After the flood, I excavated through my paper drawers, discovering dozens of flood affected papers, each wanting to tell their own story.

I let them find their natural level, the spatters and lines of mud speaking of upheaval and environmental chaos. Yet when layered together there was a dialogue as each piece ‘talked’.

Their beauty was subtle and uncontrived. 

Blues

Blues

The marks the floodwater made were random. Paint, ink and mud bled together to create new stains and waterlines. 

When subjected to environmental stress, paper and the images on it, warped, bled, metamorphosed into new forms. 

Blueprint for Change

Blueprint for Change

During and after the Murwillumbah flood of 2017, many amazing, community spirited people came to the aid of residents in South Murwillumbah and other areas which had been devastated by the floodwaters.

So many volunteers pitched in to help with the massive clean-up. 

Requiem for a [life] Jacket

Requiem for a [life] Jacket

Requiem for a [life] Jacket features a remnant of paper I made for a life jacket in response to the Australian government's inhumane legislation to refuse entry to refugees seeking asylum.

This small piece of handmade yellow cotton rag paper survived to be stitched into a new story of courage and resilience. 

Silt [artist book]

Silt [artist book]

Handmade banana papers bonded together in my paper drawers, surviving the floodwaters to become stronger.

Threaded through this book are these paper survivors, illustrating the story of a river rising and receding, the aftermath of silt.