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Corroboree of Spirit

Corroboree of Spirit

Microscopic - Corroboree of Spirit can either be interpreted as a spiritual river to the heavens, or a ghost gum among other ghosts. All the textures, dots, lines, patterns, clusters, stains and squiggles are marks that can be found on gum trees, alongside the different kind of barks.

Telescopic – Looking back, you can easily recognise this image as a ghost gum (as distinct from other trees). I originally painted the ‘tree’ as a river, to represent the natural flow of life. So once again, this can be seen from an aerial point of view. The bug-work on the trees or bark could easily be mistaken for aboriginal designs and patterns, if seeing this painting from an aerial point of view. However, when seen from a portrait layout perspective, the ghost gum image is more emphasized than the river gum.

Kaleidoscopic – As this art is predominantly made from tea, the stains and different levels of saturation highlight the beauty of the typical native tree we take for granted. The patterns are exaggerated slightly to encourage people to see what I saw in the landscapes and objects.

I delighted many people in showing my references to this tree painting by pointing out the works that bugs made in the wood, bark and sticks I collected. Adding the rim of leaves to the gum helps the viewer identify the tree. The bark stencils gave the illusion that they were clothing invisible ghost gums.

The reason for the title is to suggest that there are things now living among the elements. These living things need the earth, sky, water and sometimes creatures and in doing so, reciprocate. They are mediators, workers and contractors.

This artwork is based on the verse: “And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Gen 1:11-12)

Acrylic and tea on canvas, 2.2m high x 1.3m wide


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