This collection is a celebration of my family farm and the connection my family have to this land. We have lived here for 3 generations and so much love has been poured into this property, I spent many mornings as a child planting trees along the property line and between paddocks, creating nature channels for the wildlife and my father has spent many years learning to work with the land to allow it to flourish. Returning back here as an adult gives me instant clarity and a feeling of calm that I think can only be experienced when out in nature, with only the sounds of the wind and wildlife to entertain you.
In this collection I used the technique of an acrylic pour to add texture and to create an unpredictable nature to the patterns formed on each piece, then I combined this with a more realistic technique to bring each piece into an easily recognisable form. I hope the use of these techniques mimics the complexities of our natural environment and draws in the viewer to look for the fine details created, encouraging more focused attention to these details when out exploring in their own worlds.
I also hope these pieces bring an element of nostalgia as they were created in a time when I could not visit the place I longed to visit and coincidently a lot of love and longing to be in the presence of these places was poured into each piece. A small snippet of one of my Dad’s poems has been used to name each piece.
I really hope you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed creating it.
We would like to acknowledge the Yorta Yorta people as the Traditional Owners of the land that inspired this series, we would also like to acknowledge the Wathaurong people of the Kulin Nations as the the Traditional Owners of the land we work and live on.