Meandering through the Sunburnt Country
Year 12 HSC Visual Arts Body of Work by Madeleine McCloskey using acrylic paint and Posca pen on canvas.
The sunburnt country, the sunlit plains and the everlasting stars of the Australian landscape may be believed to be a facade, however, it is this country and my surreal experience of travel in the diverse Australian landscape that proves the stereotypical expressions of the landscape to be true. The immersion in the layers of ochre red rock and the crisp submersion into the vast expanse of the rock pools and the rickety foliage is the definition of the ethereal memories that I possess. It seems that the vast and diverse landscape of Australia was something of an imaginative experience to a five-year-old. The surreal yet completely realistic experience that my five-year-old self experienced sparked an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us. However more importantly the diversity and natural beauty of my travels have been encompassed in my identity. The physical experience of liberation, freedom and pure joy has extended to morphing my psyche and soul into being inextricably linked to the diversity and personality of the land. My travels were the ideal child’s playground which has brought the gift of treasured memories which in turn have shaped me as a person. Thus, my body of work is embossed with extensive signs and symbols linking directly to my personal experiences. It is these memories that I welcome to be a part of my identity each and every day.