said defiantly, "I am fed up with lanes and alleys. I am also fed
up with carrying furniture around, with no hope of seeing anything new.
Over there is another life: the river joins up with the sea and the sea
penetrates deeply into the unknown, and the unknown brings forth islands
and mountains, living creatures and angels and devils. It is a magical
call that cannot be resisted. I said to myself, 'Try your luck, Sindbad,
and throw yourself into the arms of the invisible."
Mahfouz from Arabian Nights and Days.
project evolved from considering one's place within the Australian landscape.
To reflect upon the history of the artist within this landscape is to
arrive at a legacy that has excluded women as adventurers.
In the series titled "A Woman Runs" this history is reinstated
visually through a kind of dream state, quite fantastically and from the
imagination. Her story is constructed or invented. Like some mythical
creature she simply appears out of a landscape that remains the same in
each image - the woman and the light changes. She is dressed in artificial
grass and ironically she runs through a man made forest of pines that
is not at all native to Australia.
Is she running towards something or someone or is she running away? Nevertheless
she is always running. Perhaps she runs towards some unknown future, like
in Mahfouz's Arabian tale she runs 'into the arms of the invisible'. It
is also possible that she runs not from something physical, but from something
internal like a memory
Many answers are feasible and of course it is through these that we experience
the kind of adventure that is missing in History.