Map of a Falling Dark at the Butter Factory, Denmark

Butter Factory exhibition panoramic view
Panoramic view of the Map of a Falling Dark exhibition installed yesterday at the Butter Factory, Denmark. Thanks to all the Butter Factory artists for making this possible and special thanks to Nikki Green and Melissa Boughey for assistance with hanging…

Map of a Falling Dark is a small exhibition at the Butter Factory, Denmark. It combines some work from my Scent of a Falling Dark exhibition held in Fremantle last year with new work exploring the theme of de-extinction. ‘Reproduction’, the print on the far left, draws on images of preserved thylacine joeys to show them being sent upwards to the skies in hot air balloons while another thylacine watches them from below. There’s a couple of other thylacines hiding in this work too…

‘Re-animation’, next to this, shows two human-like figures wearing thylacine masks. In the background, a view through a large window references the ‘Reproduction’ linoprint as well as a framed picture of Benjamin, the last thylacine in captivity, on the wall.

These prints along with the others on this wall will also be on show at the Swan River Print Studio’s Summer exhibition opening Saturday 9th February at Early Works in South Fremantle, along with the work of other Swan River Print Studio artists.

Map of a Falling Dark

Getting ready for a small exhibition called Map of a Falling Dark at the iconic Butter Factory on Mt Shadforth Rd, Denmark, opening early February and going through to early March. That’s my flyer on their door. Looking forward to exhibiting here. Many thanks to the Butter Factory studio artists for facilitating this possibility!

Watch this space…

Book cover

My painting What a Tree Knows looks set to adorn the cover of a new book, Haunted Pacific, being edited by Roger Ivar Lohmann  and to be published by Carolina Academic Press in 2019. Very happy to see this painting travel!

What a Tree Knows_107x92cm_acrylic & gesso on canvas
What a Tree Knows

Scent of a Falling Dark closes

Its been an amazing  couple of weeks down at the Moores Building while the exhibition has been on. There’s been a lot of interest in the work, in the themes it represents, and a lot of wonderful conversations with people who have viewed it: conversations about thylacines (some with direct connections to the last thylacines in captivity) with others who swear they have seen it; and with many, many people about extinctions. Thanks to all who came, to all who wrote in my visitor’s book, and especially to those young artists who drew pictures in that same book for me as a memory of their visit. It is with a definite touch of sadness that I have taken my thylacines down and packed up the exhibition. Until next time…


Thylacines, museums and the colonial past

A recent essay by Penny Edmonds and Hannah Stark in The Conversation (6 April 2018) about the thylacine specimens in the Natural History Museum of London brings the loss of this amazing animal into sharp focus.

I was struck to learn that at the Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania last year, a huge effigy of the thylacine was ritually burnt at Macquarie Point in something called ‘the Purging’.

To find out more, read their excellent article:


Art supplies Tokyo

Very fond memories of spending hours in Sekaido (in 2007) looking at the most extraordinary  selection of art supplies I have ever seen prompted me to have another look for the store. I came across this blog which is well worth a visit for anyone wishing to purchase art supplies in Tokyo and had to pass it on…

Art Supplies