How Does the River Run?

Our Tree Oil on Linen 83 x112 cm ©Nada Murphy

My fascination with rivers, indeed the place water plays in our lives has been a lifetime preoccupation. 

As a small child I learnt to swim in a river and learnt early on to respect and care for our water ways

A favourite past time by the river was to  draw the river gums. 

They always bring me home. 

They always bring you home©Nada Murphy med Res_
River Reflections Oil on Canvas 60x60 ©Nada Murphy

How does the River run?

My starting point for this exploration was in 2013 on Ballardong country in the Wheatbelt Town of Beverley Western Australian, developed during a further residencies  in March to April 2016 and  June 2018. These residencies were complimented with many other visits to explore the seasonal changes across the six traditional seasons and listen to the stories of local people about their River experiences. 

Having walked a dry riverbed, watched the lakes and the River fill and dry again you could be fooled that the project was done. But no, in February 2017 the river flooded and since that time I have continued to see both the river and the Lakes in various cloaks.

My winter visit in 2019 would find the river crowned by mystical fogs that sharpen the eye and have you thinking very differently.

The water story of course also takes you on path to appreciate the role the vegetation endemic to the area plays as well as some fascinating stories about people and their relationship to water coming up from the ground be that a cultural and spiritual one or perhaps a more pragramatic relationship to do with farming practices.  The weather and the seasons all implicated. 

I hope my interpretation gives you inspiration to join me to build your own knowledge and understanding of these ecological , culturally and socially important song lines in our country.

I would like to thank the Beverley community their warm welcomed , as a visiting artist. The country in my heart now.

Afternoon Light Oil on Canvas  6 0x 60 cm ©Nada Murphy..
River Reflections Oil on Canvas 60x60 ©Nada Murphy Private Collection
River Reflections Oil on Canvas 60x60 ©Nada Murphy Private Collection
Burning Off Oil on Linen 36x36 cm ©Nada Murphy
Burning Off Oil on Linen 36x36 cm ©Nada Murphy
Ink & Gouache 28x38 cm ©Nada Murphy
YenYenning Ghosts Ink & Gouache 28x38 cm ©Nada Murphy
Thunderstorm Brewing Oil on Canvas 28x30 cm ©Nada Murphy Private Collection
Thunderstorm Brewing Oil on Canvas 28x30 cm ©Nada Murphy Private Collection
Thuderstorm Approaching
Thuderstorm Approaching
GOING GOING ...
GOING GOING ...
The Well Below Quajabin
The Well Below Quajabin
How Does the River Run Oil on canvas 50 x50 cm ©Nada Murphy
How Does the River Run Oil on canvas 50 x50 cm ©Nada Murphy
Archeological Dig_ Pen on paper
Archeological Dig_ Pen on paper