All landscapes are contested spaces, they are constructions of enculturation, be that perceptions of the energy and spirits within the land, and reflected by the land and the animals inhabiting it, or a Western consumer view of the potential of wealth production, the liters of oil, tons of ore, gold etc
Present in the Landscape is an exploration of the Shoalhaven River (S34 53.686 E150 30.157) in southern New South Wales, Australia. This work came about during a residency at the Bundanon trust (www.bundanon.com.au
) property, Bundanon, which was donated to the nation by the famous Australian painter Arthur Boyd in order to be a place of retreat and vitality for the Australian arts.
A special thanks to Cecil and Richard who shared so much with me about indigenous perception of the land