I recently collaborated with Sandra Winkworth on drawing installation called ‘In Flight’ at Rookwood Cemetery.The work was made from aluminium flyscreen, shadecloth and cable ties. Images below are the work installed and progress shots from preparing the work. The imagery was based on my work becoming raven.
The idea continues my overall interest in the ideas behind ‘deep ecology’ or ‘depth ecology’ as coined by theorist David Abram ( refer Depth Ecology by David Abram, Ph.D.http://www.wildethics.com/essays/depth_ecology.html). In a nutshell, in very basic terms, deep/depth ecology takes a different approach to contemporary environmentalism – where we focus on alleviating ecologocial issues once they become obvious. Rather, deep ecology reflects and “seeking to transform, the more deep seated cultural assumptions and practices that have given rise to those problems.” This interests me as I’m constantly amused/bemused that it’s not until something is threatened with extinction or destruction that we seem to care and make a noise. Recent examples include the Moreton Bay figs being cut down to make way for new transport hubs in Sydney. The Sirius Building in Sydney under threat of demolition. Noone really gave these things much of a thought until they are now threatened. We cry, we rant, we get up in arms, share our outrage on social media (as if that will assist!). What if we, as a society, cared in the first place, maybe stopped and took notice of the trees for example. Praised their beauty a little more often instead of rushing by (looking at our devices)……. Enough of my rant!
For the series becoming raven, I spent a lot of time looking at and drawing the raven. There’s lots of ravens – they are a dime a dozen. As a result we often don’t take the time to look at them. Indeed we might shoo away if it came near us, we might be wary of it because of it’s reputation in horror movies. But when you do slow down and take a look, they are a magical thing.