Bunya Artist Statement
7 Jan 2012
Bunya is the first of several bodies of work concerned with the cultural significance of bunya nut trees (Arucaria bidwilli). The first stage of this project involves several drawing and study trips to the Bunya Mountains where the largest forests of Bunya Nut trees exist.
The nut from Bunya trees has been a vital traditional food source for Queensland Indigenous people. A familiar sight in contemporary Australian urban and rural landscapes, Bunya trees and their cones appear in colonial literature, art and landscape design. I am researching the social and cultural histories of bunyas and exploring these people/environment relationships in my artwork.
I have been experimenting with the way I construct my forms and surfaces using an assembling technique using ‘torn’ clay. This technique was developed in direct response to the spiky geometry of bunya nut cones.
The created works will be exhibited at the Bunya Forest Gallery in April 2012.