pigment & acrylic medium on clear sized Caravaggio linen
85.00 x 85.00
signed and dated on reverse
Provenance: The Artist
Exhibited: Antonia Chaffey: Topographia, fortyfive downstairs, Melbourne, 2009
Literature & references: Joelle Gergis, Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia, MUP, 2018, p. 153:
“The most pronounced feature of the Anthropocene is known as the ‘great acceleration’: a period from the 1950s when unprecedented rates of environmental change altered the face of the planet. These changes are so profound that they will be permanently engraved in the Earth’s geologic records in ways that will be clear millions of years from today. It is now evident that the Earth is changing faster than the adaptation and resilience thresholds of many natural ecosystems that support human activity. Scientists fear that human societies may not be able to adapt to the rate or nature of these changes as the planet attempts to restore its equilibrium. For example, currently productive agricultural areas like the Murray-Darling Basin may transition into unusable arid land, or the desert regions of Australia will become uninhabitable.”
Note: 'GolGol' 2008 pays homage to the arid landscapes of Southeast NSW, bordering Nth Victoria. Gol Gol (Barkindji for 'meeting place') is the name given to one of the oldest stations in the Willandra Lakes region, and subsequently to the earliest layer of red and pink sediment below Lake Mungo.