Water rites

Water rites

Bull kelp, steel wool
ACE Open, Adelaide
Images: Thomas McCammon

In the work Anchored, the harsh industrially-produced material of steel wool is used in conjunction with ocean-derived bull kelp. These materials are used as physical anchors to speak from the past into the future. As a Palawa woman, I am grounding and anchoring my relationship with water and the watery realms of the sea. A spear takes aim at inaccurate myths and denials of Australian colonial histories.

The steel wool vessel titled Floating realms refers to both the fluid nature of histories and the ongoing association my Palawa people have with the sea. Despite concerted attempts to sink us, we continue to strongly navigate our own course.