Category: Arts & Culture

Painting the Kangaroo Apple
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Painting the Kangaroo Apple

In early 2008, I exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Botanical Art Exhibition in London. The theme for my display of eight paintings was Australian Bush Foods. Completing so many large paintings had taken me a long two years, working hard to source the specimens and do the work. Finally, all done, I was...

Chasing the secrets of the Kimberley
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Chasing the secrets of the Kimberley

Often referred to as one of the most pristine and ecologically diverse areas of the world, the Kimberley region of Western Australia has a fantastical allure about it. It’s one of those places many of us dream of visiting, but is often sacrificed for other, more accessible locations when we’re planning our holidays. For me,...

Conducting our own orchestra
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Conducting our own orchestra

Talia Raso is a sound designer, recordist and editor who has worked on environmental sound projects around the world. She can often be found walking in the bush wearing a pair of headphones, a mic held aloft. I spoke to her about the world of sound she inhabits with more attention than most of us....

Wood and stone
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Wood and stone

I remember when I found my first artefact. It was in a paddock near a dam on a main road. It was a white stone blade about an inch long. I was amazed at how it had been engineered, with different flakes removed to sit nicely in the fingers. My old peoples’ stone tools were...

Wild calling
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Wild calling

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901. “wild, adj. living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated. uninhabited, uncultivated, inhospitable.” Oxford Living Dictionaries We are enamoured of the wild....