Image: Rosie Lloyd-Giblett, The fallen canopy, Oil on board, 64x64cm
Mining and Man are polluting the soil and the waterways of Western Qld. Footprints and fractures are being left behind causing great concern for all inhabitants. Over recent years my concerns for the environment have become the forefront of my art practice. Visiting Bimblebox Nature Reserve in 2015 gave me an opportunity to become connected with the earth again, a time to explore nature first hand.
Bimblebox Nature Reserve is over 900km from Brisbane with the region under threat from Coal Mining. The experience of pitching a tent for a week in September of last year and sleeping among the Rusty Jacket Corymbia woodlands was a privilege. Late afternoons spent walking through the musty pink Heath Paddock provided both internal and external space and stimulus.
Time seemed to move slowly with shadows forming across my body and the earth. Stepping away from our busy modern world for a moment and having time to be present allows one to question; isn't mother earth so wise, ancient and versatile? She has always proved to be a reliable companion to the flora and fauna. Man, however lives in the present and pays no attention to the future and the long term impacts of mining.
My recent artworks are inspired by Western Queensland. I use my own shadows and the moving canopy to create landscapes. The silhouettes of leaves and figures suggests the inter-connected web of sediment, land and water.