For this is the law of life: Book I
Watercolour and graphite
14 x 46cm
Here are five “pages” from a book of life with artefacts so typical of summer in the Australian bush: remnants of a Christmas Beetle; chewed and scarred eucalyptus leaves; pellets from a .22 rifle; bones from a rabbit, a pest in rural areas; 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 stalk of kangaroo grass (Themeda australis). 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.