Life is precarious, like the ephemeral sky.
Even in the midst of the storm.
Life is precarious, perspectives can change. Michelle Jones 2018
Canvas, in our house, has taken the place of a tablecloth. What passes over this surface during domestic routines is sketched, traced, spilt and smeared, evolving into a palimpsest of moments. My children, five year old Acacia, and three year old Zakir, join in too. Together, we learn about our local native plants, and natural environment, marking the canvas with evidence of our learning. I’m fascinated by the botanical works of Ferdinand Bauer (botanical artist on the Investigator 1801-1803). Elements of his considered compositions and meticulous colour-coded "paint by numbers" system are incorporated into this work and serve as organisational structures to organise the chaos of motherhood and domestic life. Thankyou to Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi for advice and permission to use Kaurna words amongst the drawings, alongside the appropriate plants.