Working Title: Parched
In February 2020 as I flew over the West Australian wheatbelt I looked out the window. I saw the little squares & rectangles of human development. It all looked very dry & dusty from my bird’s eye view. I saw dusty brown squares stretching in every direction. Every so often there was a small green square neatly defined.
With the horrendous bushfires & resulting huge loss of habitat still fresh in my mind, I thought about the animals & plants that make that little patch of green their home. Human ‘progress’ has claimed so much of it for ourselves, only allotting small portions to the rest of the planet’s inhabitants.
These thoughts became the kernel of a series of experiments with transparent fabrics and upcycled teabags use to represent the fragility of the Australian landscape and the encroachment of man on nature.