Scarecrow with Orange Bunting
112 x 137 cm 2002
The third of the scarecrow paintings, I did this specifically for the McLaren Vale Prize, 'paintings with a vineyard theme'. I wanted the scarecrow to be skeletally bare, bound, and raised as some flag-waving celebration to the rape of the landscape.
I found the red oil drum on a visit to the local dump and paid 50c for it. My husband and I then lit and photographed endless fires to establish the shape of the joyfully destructive flames. The branches came from fallen trees in our scrub, and filled the studio for a long time.
It was an endlessly difficult piece.
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