I have been making a series of papercut works that will form an installation titled 'co-existence'. I am trying to capture the deeply layered environments I have been visiting. There are the dominant, upfront species I see immediately - the trees - giant scribbly gums or textured casuarinas. Then I often notice the variety of grasses, ground covers and smaller flowering plants. As I look longer there are often fungi, butterflies and other insects. Movement and sound draws attention to a variety of bird species, on occasions a water dragon, and often at this time of year, dragonflies, damselfly and grasshoppers. These sightings can all occur within a few square metres of bushland refuge. The more I look the more there is to see.
My installation is made with various paper cut panels depicting flora and fauna species. Some wall mounted others hanging as veils overlapping with opaque and transparent material. I envisage as I walk in front of this work separate elements will be revealed and concealed. Overlapping will create shadows and broken surface, I hope it will capture a sense of the connected web of life within environments.
Now I just have to finish the work. Images of the completed installation will be posted in July.