Weather / whether

Weather / whether

bull kelp, ochre, digital photograph                Wyndham Art Gallery, Werribee, Victoria

Image: The artist

As a sea-plant-life that is deeply ingrained in my historic and contemporary Palawa cultural identity, this bull kelp object holds a strong physical integrity that is embedded with conscious decisions about caring for Land and Sea Country.

The eastern Australian current is experiencing a weather warming event four times larger than the planetary average. Loetriwitter’s fragile coastal life-worlds are collapsing, with the once prolific giant kelp forests having lost 90% of their mass. My Sea Country is dying. I pose the question:

“will our relationship with this precious cultural material shift from continuing physical engagements with the bull kelp or will only photographs or ethnographic museum pieces remain?”