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Corroboree of Origin

Corroboree of Origin

Microscopic - Corroboree of Origin is about how man seems to associate the origins of life with the sea. This painting is alluding to the stromatolites of Western Australia, one of the earliest records of life on earth. Bacteria and algae were supposedly the earliest forms of life. The painted forms suggest such early life.

The reefs and textures of the coral were done by stamping painted fungus on the canvas. In this process I explored the texture of reefs, playing with the idea of the similarities with fungus and coral (land/forest coral). This microscopic exploration and observation was simply exploring the transition of life, hopefully to arouse questions of where we came from – God or evolution.

Telescopic – What is also portrayed from satellite view is the appearance of these forms to be islands (in my mind, the Whitsundays). The Barrier Reef or reefs in general are also suggested in this painting. The dots around the forms look like waves, sparkling water or foam. The blue whimsical line is to suggest voyage, nautical adventure through wind, wave, current and storm. A nice feel can come from the connection to the lines you see on a map- that a boat travels.

Kaleidoscopic – This painting was loosely based on the very early idea of scripture: “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Gen 1:2) From chaos to order, this painting explodes with brilliant blues and uncertain forms, celebrating the creation account.

Acrylic on canvas, 2.2m high x 0.6m wide


Some close-up detail: