Editions Remaining: 4
Total Editions: 10
7 of 10 editions on initial release.
Bronze is a metal alloy made from Copper and Tin in modern times, but in the B.C. periods it was also made with arsenic along with other metal and non metal additives. The properties of Bronze make it a very strong substance and due to this strength, it lead to the Bronze Age in the fourth to the second millennium B.C. before the Tin Trade was disrupted and the Iron Age began. It is the fluid nature and colour of Bronze that lead to the naming of this piece. Waves crashing on the beach of Gunn Point are driven by high winds across Shoal Bay, creating a streaking pattern. The coppery colours of the silt rising from the sea bed gave rise to me to highlight this action close to the shore. But then, as I produced the piece, the colours of the back of a crocodile began to appear and I moulded the three iconic subjects together- the Territory coastline, Saltwater Crocodiles and age old Bronze.
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.