The body of work I have produced for ‘River to River: Interwoven Landscapes’ at the Penrith regional Gallery is a response not only to the past five years spent living on the quarry by the Nepean River but also to my time higher up the catchment on the beautiful Wingecarribee river and my childhood on the Hawksbury through which the waters of both of these rivers make their way to the sea. The works consider the river as a metaphor for human life itself. Coming from the source and returning to the source, in it’s tortuous winding the river passes through shadowy gorges and silently over still pebbles. Barriers across it’s path bring only power, and on it’s banks, the river leaves an ever changing gallery of strangely stranded curiosities. Only these mark time and passing events, the river itself lives not in the past nor in the future but in this very moment.
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time,
at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere
and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
Herman Hesse, Siddartha