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.
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.