My excitement at seeing echidnas busily going about their business never seems to wear off. But it’s an exercise in restraint, as the slightest noise or vibration will make them burrow into the nearest undergrowth. I’m told echidnas were the Christmas fare of Kangaroo Island settlers as they are apparently reminiscent of pork. These days it’s the increase in holiday traffic that’s their bigger worry.
I haven’t had the chance to send many Studio Previews this year as I’ve been kept busy with other exciting opportunities. I was commissioned by London Interior Designer Katharine Pooley to create four large pieces for a project in Dubai; Southern Ocean Lodge invited me to join them for Maggie Beer’s Food Safari; I’ve been very fired-up about my developing work for Country Arts SA’s “Island to Inland” project; I continued to welcome lovely visitors from around the world into my studio; and my year ended on a high with “This Humming Wild Domain” winning the People Choice Award of the Heysen Prize for Landscape.
Thank you for your ongoing support and interest throughout 2016. I hope the New Year brings you good heath and happiness and I look forward to staying in touch.
280 Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus ssp. multiaculeatus) spines (roadkill), found metal ring, Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) resin, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas
49 x 49 cm (framed), image diameter 22 cm
Framed with white moulding, a white circular-cut matt, internal side spacers, glass and hangers
SOLD – Private collection, Massachusetts, USA
© Janine Mackintosh, All Rights Reserved 2016