Traveling into Australia's centre; roving through the Strzelecki and Simpson Deserts; sleeping under stars and wearing a constant coat of powdery dust; seeing the surface dry desolation yet feeling the incredible abundance of life within it, Douglas was so incredibly inspired by the adaptation of flora from inland sea to inland salt pan, from under water to devoid of water, and the succulent plant life which so resembles corals and an underwater forest, now a desert; she created this collection of works in response.
The works hung at OnStone in South Melbourne, October-November 2014.
From the artist:
“I cant believe the space. The beauty. The quiet. We live in so much space, surrounded by land—but this is so different. Its like we can see the life around us. Out here its even more subtle. Out here, its even more quiet. So I sit and listen and quiet myself and feel. I meditate and feel the flow of life out here. Its beautiful. Like a depth of beauty that comes from the hardship—no loss no gain whirls again.”
“I see there are worlds, so many little worlds celebrating even the thinnest signs of refuge from the elements—to them, an oasis.
I will paint these worlds. These once sea plants who now live with salt but no water. They are the ultimate survivors, and I celebrate them too.
I see much beauty here, and will retell what I see.”