Editions Remaining: 4
Total Editions: 10
7 of 10 editions on initial release.
The shortest way from point A to point B is never along a winding river. That is clear in the case here. I love looking at rivers from the air, and trying to understand and discover what has caused its’ change in direction. Was it a recent change caused by flooding from an extra wet wet season? Did that cause the joining of the two rivers coming out of the bottom right? Or was the direction change over time, like the creek disappearing off to the left of the artwork, which now holds significant mangrove forests? This vegetation structure on the creeks edge is also an indication of where the water lies. The left hand branch is clearly tidal due to the density of the mangroves on the banks but in the upper reaches of the creek, the vegetation structure gets thinner as the creek moves into the floodplain and the reach of the tide is less. The other branches carrying the water to this main creek have pockets of vegetation that indicate deeper and more permanent waterholes, in an otherwise flat floodplain.
This artwork is very literal in many ways. The East Alligator River is a tidal river that relies heavily on the surrounding floodplains, to feed back in to the main river system. As the floodplains drain, they create little creeks leading into the river, which moves baitfish off the floodplains and into the East Alligator, which then Barramundi and other marine life feed off. Without the floodplains and seasonal rains, these creeks wouldn't be formed and would not allow for the cycle of life to continue. It would simply become lifeless.