Sharon Field
For this is the law of life:  Book III

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.

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