Country Arts SA Commission
Creating on the outer edge of society, combined with the remoteness of my artist...
Then came Viktor Frankl’s words “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” a sentiment that mirrored my life and reinforced Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings. Up to this point, my life has been in a constant state of negotiation. Seeing the world in a specific way that couldn’t conform to the pointless, ignoring the mundane and mediocre, seeking out my true path of creative expression.
I often get scolded for speaking in riddles and never providing complete context to my outward communicative thoughts and processes. I suppose in all honesty it goes back to 1997 when I encountered the first iteration of death of self and the total loss of innocence. The world became extremely dark when my sister died and worse still, the seeping monotonous grey that followed.
The forced turn at the crossroads was complete and I was jettisoned from an unforgiving airlock.
I blindly pushed forward toward something I neither knew nor cared about.
What is left when the light goes out? Where is the why? This is what philosophy gave me.
A gateway to navigate toward understanding the chaos of the world and the façade of control, civilization projects to create the illusion of order. There’s always going to be an ebb and flow of hope and despair laced with every present heavy nihilistic, however acknowledging the markers of existence, even aloud at times, it provided a path, albeit futile.
Well, that’s a part of the story and it’s as clear as I can be. Hopefully sharing these writings helps people understand the why of these land works and the choice to live on the outer edge of society. The point of all of this is to introduce the Elemental Series to come as I continue down the road of adaptation, discovery, and observation.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this gallery does contain images and voices of people who have died.