Art, Identity & Place

How wild places, deep time and archaeology inform my contemporary art process


Desert Poet

I began this painting last year and it has gone through more permutations than usual because every time I attempted the next layer with what I thought was the central idea, the idea behind the composition changed, and kept changing even though I was sure I had settled on the theme, the statement and the formal considerations of colour, texture etc. On the bottom of the image the texture was real, not simulated, and I think this caused the chopping and changing. Sometimes when checking technical remedies, still I  kept ‘hitting a wall’ .  Any reminders of other solutions to this type of hitch would be most welcome.

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I tried to capture the essential mental activity of the Poet when  writing, taking notes, observations both visual and auditory, and musing about poetry in the desert when we visited Lake Mungo National Park.