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Nets project

These samples were experimenting with the use of ‘solvy’. The theme is the environment and how it is quickly degrading and being destroyed around us. The use of net like structures to hold the leaves was to link in the samples with the nets, but it could also be nodding towards the use of illegal fishing nets in our oceans that catch innocent sea-life and subsequently kill off members of the species that don’t need to be. It also hints towards the destroying of forests, which then leads into the loss of rare animals that no longer have a home because their habitat has been destroyed. The animals, in both cases, are now trapped, like the leaves in the middle sample. Their homes are no longer solid, like the leaves in the third sample.

Architectural Nets Piece

In this piece I wanted to use the clear plastic to create some sort of a grid, or net. I really like how the plastic captures and refracts light and casts shadows even though the light passes through it. The plastic was originally a case for a product, so I wanted to use it as a template for an architectural structure. But in order to do that, I needed to deconstruct the plastic, by cutting away pieces, and then reconstructing it by weaving the pieces into place. From that point, it really became about the process of putting it together, as it really demanded that it be done strategically, or it just kept falling apart and flopping over.

Waterlog

Thought I’d share a wonderful book with you all –  ‘Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey through Britain‘, by Roger Deakin,1999.

It is a travel book by a swimmer who swims his way across Britain-in moats, lochs, ponds, streams, the sea,fens, swimming pools and canals. He looks at history, ecology, natural science, native swimmers’ rights and more, with great humanity and wit. An uplifting book that will appeal to all swimmers (Annie and Valerie take note). Available through the public library system. Connection with ‘Nets’? The other side of being “netted”- swimming freely with a wild spirit!

The Canberra Fisherman

The use of “The Canberra Fisherman” by Bryan Pratt (a well known Canberra identity) was deliberate. I liked the fact that the book was published by ANU Press, adding to the local references of the project. I also enjoyed the 1970s book cover design, and over the top image of a fish caught in a net.
My concern is with the health and future life of our local rivers and waterways. Will the native fish species survive? Will there be enough water flow in the rivers to ensure a healthy environment for people and water creatures? How will the growing population of Canberra affect the rivers?

detail of work

This is a black and white image of my work.

Net Curtain