Exhibition curated by Dr Ian Hance
Charles Darwin Univesity as part of the Darwin Festival August 2019
located at Casuarina Campus,
Nan Giese Gallery,
Northern Editions Gallery
and the main CDU Gallery
BEFORE GARRAMILLA, BEFORE BARNESON
2019, acrylic and digital print on heavy cotton canvas, give-way sign and heavily embellished hi-vis protest garment.
A refuge from my beginnings in Darwin is a site now known as Garramilla Boulevard. Once a maze of dusty goat tracks found by climbing under broken wire fences on Tiger Brennan Drive, they were my preferred route to Darwin’s CBD from my muddy beach camp on the edge of the Sadgrove creek. This slow ramble into town was always an adventure. It involved stepping stones across a trickling creek and weaving through old gas tanks, long grass and bush camps. While rambling tall scrubby bush and the last remnants of creek mangrove I did not imagined the possibility of a future paved and landscaped boulevard. I did not recognise the potential for a grand gateway to the city streets of Darwin. I thought of it as a wild space and sanctuary unique to the tropical intrigue of Darwin and the Northern Territory. This work speaks to the site after the first bulldozers cleared the creek and mangroves to make way for the boulevard.