What Land Remembers 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 60cm
This painting explores how the land itself may contain
memories. Human beings on this continent
are relatively ‘young’ features of the landscape. This painting depicts a future imagining of
the land around her central Victorian home. Strong features are the prints of animals,
water courses, and vegetation – which have been ‘free’ for thousands of years
to roam according to their own patterns. Human impressions on the landscape are
less obvious in this picture, and are identified by how the vegetation varies
according to past fence lines, and the faint remains of dwellings and
roads. While the human impact is not
immediately obvious in the painting, it is often the opposite in reality, where
we have managed to have an enormous impact on the planet in a very short period
of time....considering the Earth’s history.
In this way the artist tries to redress the balance and shows her own
bias for how our impact ought to be reduced.