visual artist - textiles - sculpture
visual artist - textiles - sculpture

Desert

Newhaven
Desert Lifeunder, inside, all around...
Desert Life - under, inside, all around...
Desert Lifeunder, inside, all around...
Desert Life
Desert Life
And the Land was Formed
And the Land was Formed

Newhaven

At the edge of the Tanami Desert I camped with a group of seven artists on Birds Australia's Newhaven Reserve. Far from being barren, there is an awe-inspiring presence in this subtle country. The land elicits a receptive, reverential response, a blend of watching and feeling. It rewards close observation.

Desert Life
under, inside, all around...

2006
spinifex, budgerigar feathers, silk,
camel hair, cloth, paper, thread
hand stitched
each 3-10cm in diameter

There are tubers under the surface and
feathers in the leaf litter of the mulga.
I felt aware of life all around me -
above, through and below me,
and also through time.

Desert Life
under, inside, all around...

2006
spinifex, budgerigar feathers, silk,
camel hair, cloth, paper, thread
hand stitched
each 3-10cm in diameter

There are tubers under the surface and
feathers in the leaf litter of the mulga.
I felt aware of life all around me -
above, through and below me,
and also through time.

Desert Life
under, inside, all around...

2006
spinifex, budgerigar feathers, silk,
camel hair, cloth, paper, thread
hand stitched
each 3-10cm in diameter

Desert Life

2006
spinifex, budgerigar feathers, silk,
camel hair, cloth, paper, thread
hand stitched
each 3-10cm in diameter

Desert Life

2006
spinifex, budgerigar feathers, silk,
camel hair, cloth, paper, thread
hand stitched
each 3-10cm in diameter

And so the Land was Formed

batswing coral (ininti) seeds
drilled and threaded
29cm diameter

In the desert, the cyclic nature of the skies
and of life is always there alongside
the round sweep of the horizon.

And so the Land was Formed

batswing coral (ininti) seeds
drilled and threaded
29cm diameter

In the desert, the cyclic nature of the skies
and of life is always there alongside
the round sweep of the horizon.