I am currently working on a new series of paintings that incorporate aggregate (sand) taken from Waylen Bay close to my studio at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct in Applecross, Western Australia. The area adjacent to Waylen bay is a significant Aboriginal site and the peninsula was considered as potentially suitable for the city of Perth when the first colonists arrived from Britain.
These images are taken from current work-in-progress and are essentially experiments to enable an understanding of the material and its visual impact when treated in different ways.
I collected the material, cleaned it in running water and degreased it to enable bonding to the canvas. The initial layers underneath the aggregate are acrylic and any overpainting is with oils. The sand itself was formed from the Tamala limestone in the Pleistocene epoch (Ice age) by erosion from wind and rain-wash. It consists of wind blown shell fragments (calcarenite) and quartz sand.
The theme of these semi-abstract paintings is essentially a continuation of my previous body of work and relates to ambiguity in art, site and aspects of cultural geography.