I recently returned home to the vast plain of the Murray Mallee, arriving at my parents’ bush property in the dark (“Mack’s Scrub” on the gate). When I opened the curtains at dawn, I could see the familiar scene with fresh eyes: the soft pink sand, the golden spinifex seedheads, the juicy Ruby Saltbush, the copper trunks of the dew-soaked Blue-leaved Mallee trees, festooned with long ribbons of grey bark, tangled with squiggly cassytha vine and studded with bright green Mallee Ringneck parrots.
I’m so grateful that I was born into this ancient fragile landscape and raised by thoughtful parents who taught me to love it from the start.
Blue-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cyanophylla) leaves, chewed by beetles and marked by many other insect species, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas
105 x 105 cm framed, image diameter 72 cm
Framed in white moulding, with a white circular cut matt, internal side spacers, glass and hangers
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