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.
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!