Mural at the local pool for the Mahbilil festival in Jabiru, collaborating with local Indigenous artists Graham Rostron and Ray Mudjandji. Together we looked at the patterns and colours of the wildlife and plants from the local area. Water lillys, pandanus, crocodiles, barramundi, long neck turtles and rifle fish. Graham Rostron is a local artist that has his own traditinal raak painting art practice, teaches art at the local school and works with Marrawuddi art gallery on a series of screen prints. Young Ray Mudjandji attends the local school, and is involved with the Marrawuddi art gallery where he designs his own screen prints of super heroes that are based on dream time stories.
Stories from beyond the pasasge
The Maitland river mural explores the vivid and lively nature that a river brings to an inland town. Patterns are drawn from native botanicals and ferns, birdlife and river movement. This mural invites the viewer to immerse themselves in an active landscape identifying familiar yet abstracted forms from their surroundings.
From the forest to the sea
From the forest to the sea explores the transition from the luscious forests of the Coffs Harbour surrounds down to the vivid landscapes of the Reef. I have incorporated a variety of familiar shapes and forms from Coffs Habours natural environment. The bushland shapes reference the edible and medicinal native foods of the area such as cabbage leaf palm, native ginger, lomandra and bracken fern; and the shapes of the reef reference the local coral and sea life that adorn the marine park of the Coffs Coast.