Aerial Landscape Art
In February 2020 as I flew over the West Australian wheatbelt I looked out the window. I saw the little squares & rectangles of human development. It all looked very dry & dusty from my bird’s eye view. I saw dusty brown squares stretching in every direction. Every so often there was a small green square neatly defined.
With the horrendous bushfires and resulting huge loss of habitat still fresh in my mind, I thought about the animals and plants that make that little patch of green their home. Human ‘progress’ has claimed so much of it for ourselves, only allotting small portions to the rest of the planet’s inhabitants.
These thoughts became the kernel of a series of works with transparent fabrics and upcycled teabags used to represent the fragility of the Australian landscape and the encroachment of man on nature. Upcycled tea bags were glued into panels, stabilised with wash-away and sewn together along with upcycled gauze swabs, scraps of netting, commercial fabric and bridal tulle using free motion embroidery.
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