It’s week 7 of my 3 month intensive residency in my studio. So my little red bag has joined Nim and me for our daily walk. As its trace can be found in many of my works for this current Wild series, the time had come for some in-situ moments. Out in the bush some new ideas came in a flood. I was thinking about the little red bag as a sign left, like the signs left all the time in the bush by the animals that live there. We came across many of their tracks and scats, some spied by me but mostly by Nim. She’s a pretty fine tracker – predator that she is! However, the one neither of us could miss was the decomposing body of the large eastern grey kangaroo – boy was it a wafter. It was the second dead kangaroo we’ve come across this month walking in this here parts. The other carcass disappeared within a week, dragged off somewhere else, all but a tuft of fur. Then there was the weathered skulls we found which became still life studies this week. With the ease of Barbara Triggs Tracks scats and other traces a field guide, they were checked - another eastern grey kangaroo and a bit of the top skull part of a juvenile fox. It is an exceptional reference book. . http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2238186.Tracks_Scats_and_Other_Traces
If I ever do anything in my life as good as this book I will feel like I have contributed.