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Walach Dhaarr (Cockle Creek)

Ian Waldron
Oil & acrylic on Tasmanian oak • 120 × 150 cm

With some historical knowledge of the interactions between early French navigators and my own socio-cultural background as an Indigenous person, I see Cockle Creek as a culturally and historically rich and complex site. The contemporary pole-like appearance of the trees is a reminder that connection to land continues in contemporary times and is not lost is the mist of time. Using my own Kurtjar language to replace English language place names and features allows me to both identify commonalities of place and to illustrate the impact of imposing a foreign language on familiar things. John Glover shared the desire to place Indigenous Australians in their landscape.