2012 Birds from a New World - Bega Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre
The Birds from a New World series of paintings were inspired by the many illustrations made by members of the First Fleet soon after arriving in Australia. My paintings attempted to convey the wonder and fascination that was felt by these early European settlers in response to the novel bird life they encountered. I have quoted selected subjects of these illustrations and placed them in new settings. This transformative process enabled me also to point to the inherent violence within the process of colonisation of Australia and some of its consequences such as species loss.