For this is the law of life: Book III
Watercolour and graphite
14.5 x 49cm
Here are five “pages” from a book of life, with artefacts so typical of summer in the Australian bush: a dry seed from a Jacaranda pod; chewed and scarred eucalyptus leaves; dried stalks of grass (Eragrostis); a wing from a Christmas Beetle; a yellow-winged grasshopper (Gastrimargus musicus), a common grassland locust in Australia which displays its yellow back wings in flight, when it also emits a loud clicking sound; a cicada shell; a rabbit bone; and a Callistemon seed pod. 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.