Oh my Murray Darling, 2019
archival pigment print on Hahnemühle paper
75 x 175 cm, image size
edition of 5 + 2AP
Artist statement: Our Barka, the Darling River is in crisis and every living being along this waterway is suffering. Our river is our livelihood and we rely on it to sustain us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
One way we can nurture the rivers is to humanise them, so they can be empowered to have the rights that protect them from harmful human intervention. Portraits of our precious trees and waterways are created to give them reverence and to provide an important platform to share stories of Aboriginal occupation and ongoing survival on our land.
‘Oh my Murray Darling’ pays tribute to my ancestors who knew how to sustain our environment and to the hope that we can change this dire situation, before it is too late.