PineAPPLESquid, 2018

Created for 'A Tropical State' Exhibition, Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans Festival, Australia 2018 curated by Ashleigh Campbell & Grace Dewar.

The canvas was an ornamental wooden pineapple fruit bowl.

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Squids…a beautiful translucent and graceful creature with…ahh black ink and memories of it all over my face! One steamy wet season night on

Engineers Wharf on Thursday Island I celebrated as my husband hooked his first squid by hand

line. Being a mainland Islander I had yet to experience the spraying of the ink. Whilst I was

oblivious to the youngsters and my husband stepping away I leaned over to view the poor

creature. I was baptized by squid ink that night to the delight of the young ones also fishing during the midnight hours. On another occasion whilst snorkeling on the reef I was studied by a school of some 12 squid. Initially they were hard to spot being translucent creatures but as I observed 1, then 3 then 5. I realized they were observing me like a larger less graceful squiddy thing worth calling in the family to look at. All the while I was thinking of how much my family would love to eat these swimming calamaries!

These are just two tales about why I love our Tropical State!