Julie Beth, Essence of the Australian Bush

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Country : Australia

Materials : Crockery, glass, slate, rocks, sand

Dimensions : 46 x 86 x 2.5 cms

I am so inspired by trees, in particular the Australian gum tree. I have travelled but never seen anything as distinct as the Australian bush with its smells, its sounds and the silhouettes of the Australian gums standing against backgrounds of sunsets, mountains, yellow plains and seashores.

I reminisced on a past era where the swagman wandered the roads through the vastness of our land, with old relics and stately gums surrounding him. I used crockery to highlight the colours and textures I was seeing in my mind and the red dirt, sand and stone from our land made it more real for me.