Academic journal article Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL

'We Have Come to the Shores, and Prepare to Enter':1 a Visual Tribute to David Malouf

Academic journal article Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL

'We Have Come to the Shores, and Prepare to Enter':1 a Visual Tribute to David Malouf

Article excerpt

I decided to make studies of the Lake while I was at Paruku, a massive inland lake in the Tanami Desert, but make studio paintings about it at home. I had been re-reading David Malouf's Ransom and I had also been thinking about passages from his An Imaginary Life. In both books, the shoreline is the memorable stage-set for human drama. The passage 'It is time, not space, he is staring into'2 sums up the feeling of awe I felt gazing at, or into, or even from, Paruku. As an artist it was tempting to walk straight to the Lake and, like many of the haunting photos taken of it, paint the dramatic dead trees in their watery environment. But I hesitated, feeling there was more for me to say by stepping back beyond the littoral zone of dead trees and samphire, into the surrounding grasses, coolibah, termite mounds and red sand.

I decided to use the panoramic format, to picture with the natural pan of the eyes some of the different elements at play in this environment. The viewpoint I chose was not elevated but often sitting or crouching in the grasses or standing under the trees with my ironingboard easel. …

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