For this is the law of life: Book II
Watercolour and graphite
14.5 x 51cm
Here are five “pages” from a book of life with artefacts so typical of summer in the Australian bush: the dried out husk from an acacia pod; a stalk of kangaroo grass (Themeda australis); chewed and scarred eucalyptus leaves; a bone from a rabbit, a pest in rural areas; yellow-winged grasshoppers (Gastrimargus musicus), a common grassland locust in Australia which displays its yellow back wings in flight, when it also emits a loud clicking sound; wild oat husks; and a decaying seed scale from a pine cone. These artefacts tell a story, hence the “book” through which I can hear the sounds of the bush and feel the heat and dryness echoing off the land on a hot summer’s day.