Drawing for transformation.
With these works I have just wanted to open up what is there in daily life as a space of reflection : domestic communal colloboration : coming to what is broken and letting it be reclamation : letting it be regeneration : trying to feel into humanity : looking for connection and intimacy in a world that hurts. I started looking close at the things around me : trying to slow down a bit : I went swimming in crystal shower falls in the Dorrigo rainforest and was stung by some floating leaves of a giant stinging tree : I am just being touched by the world : let it bite : let it be a brown snake spirit in the grass! The drawings have come from this space of gentle and intense daily reflection : deep from my domestic spaces : bread boards and knives sharp edg’d on the captlyst whet stone : bath time piracy : flood footprints down the hall : fossil tracks and the intimate strata of the dead : old tree asbestos tragedy and a frizzby on the roof dangling : lunar circles moving waves of earth tides : the drawings come from where domestic spaces merge with the wild : economy : as in the words of the poet Gary Snyder, the managements and interconnections of ‘the house hold of the earth’ : all this is made in intimacy with my big wide family.
I am wondering about the complexity of the world around me : part capatlyst nightmare and part sacred mystery : for me, something feels broken : culture : family : spirit : meaning : relationship : held in an orbit by gravity : a dance of cosmos : Shopping trolleys afternoon suburban shipwrecks : Currawong song thru rural town grid ramblings : sharp beak holes in the grass : singing angels and atomic dust : pure earth springs and ochre red swimming holes : quartz and basalt rich ranges : broad leaf fig remnant giants full of fruit bats : flooding the sky at dusk : to start with I tried to take positions and make a stand : so many vital and important issues to work into art : poetry : song : story : colonisation : being a mongrel white man : ancestral ghosts in the ground rising : massacre : anarchy : the folly and disease of monocultures from monogamy to monotheism : old growth forest woodchips : big hell hole mining : so many issues : how do I work my way through these concerns that fill my daily consciousness?