Apples made from copper
Medium 350 x 350mm
$160 + gst
Large 500 x 500mm
$180 + gst
Side of the Road series
The impact of roadkill is the subject matter of the Side of the Road series.
Everyday, when I’m driving the car close to home in the Southern Highlands, I see dead wombats, kangaroos and wallabies, and less frequently, I see echidnas, turtles and even a koala. So far, dashing lyrebirds seem to make it to the other side of the road. When I am riding my bike, the visual carnage of road kill is accompanied by the rancid smell of decay.
Numbers of roadkill increase in winter and drought; the marsupials are eating the sweet grass on the road verge, which is watered by runoff. Often, there is so much road kill, that a dead animal can be seen every 500 metres or less – for instance – between Braidwood and Goulburn, and also from Cooma to Canberra in the ski season. You will notice that the animals on my Side of the Road series all carry an X on their bodies.
The dead marsupials have often been sprayed with an X, by a local wildlife rescuer; an X means that the animal has been checked to see if there is a baby in its’ pouch. Wombats carry a baby in the pouch from 7 to 10 months; with such long reproduction periods, it seems incredible that the species can survive.
Side of the RoadnBundanoon to Penrose (survived)
600 x 1220
Marine Ply board with metallic copper finish, and copper echidna, 2019
Choughs are a commonly seen bird in our garden. Sitting on the deck with friends, we marvel at the progress of the Chough family – they have built a nest high up in the trees and come down to the lawn to find insects for the babies – feeding the chicks is an family affair, involving a group of about 5 adult birds.
Inspired by Choughs, who live in family groups.
Standing 1200 to 1500 high, on hardwood posts.
Made from copper, 2019
$1300 each +gst