Posts Tagged ‘dust’

walking on water…?

January 28, 2010

Yesterday I went for a walk on Lake George (or Weerewaa in the indigenous language). Though no, I wasn’t walking on water, Lake George hasn’t had any water in it for years, since late 2002 in fact. (Besides, I lost my Jesus-like locks recently). The lake bed is quite expansive and rather flat. It is not a salt lake, but rather converts to sheep grazing when there is no water, which is not that unusual, though it can be up to 5 meters or so deep when full.  The Federal Highway from Canberra to Sydney skirts the edge, so I have passed it often and it is an incredibly beautiful landscape.  The play of the changing light on the lake bed and the hills on the far side mean the view is never quite the same.  Yet, though I sometimes stop briefly at one of several rest stops along the way, I have not before walked out onto the lake bed itself.  At the moment even the grazing must be quite marginal, the soil was cracked and crumbling and the dry plant cover sparse.  I did a few sketches, took many photos, collected two sheep skulls and some dirt to take back to the studio, and made a bone circle to leave on the lake bed.

Many Canberra artists have made Lake George the focus of their attention for a period, it seems to captivate people.  One of my favorites is Rosalie Gascoigne’s ‘Suddenly the Lake’ made from tin and ply. There was water in  the lake in the mid 90’s when she made it, and when I first saw the lake.  Click here to see an image. Perhaps I will have a Lake George period soon?

all done!

November 16, 2008


A life size dust and rubish man that I made in the middle of one of my assesment rooms this week.  Yes that’s right, final assesment is done so I’ve finished the degree !

dust man gets a friend

November 9, 2008

Dust Man has been hanging out in the back stairwell at school for a few weeks now (seems to be off the cleaning radar).  Recently he gained a friend. Somebody unknown has come along and added another figure. The mood of the work has been quite changed by this intervention, but I like that it has happened. It means the work has an ongoing life, and that someone else has been enticed into participating in the project.



October 23, 2008

The last few figures created out and about have all been from human detritus rather than leaves and flowers and such.  Not by conscious design, just the way it is.  Perhaps at the moment there has been so many materials to choose from, that it has been the “un-natural’ ones that have seemed like something new – the opportunity that couldn’t be ignored, where some of the others have seemed less urgent, or just not able to compete with other priorities at the time.  Anyway here they are: a terracotta pot man who reminds me of a modernist rendering of a carnival figure,  a glass man who  is reminiscent of mosaic, and a dust man reminiscent of, well, a dusty floor.

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