Sea signatures from the outgoing tide on Muskers Beach at Zilzie, Qld. Ocean water, sand, breeze and early morning sun collaborate to create watery marks that capture moments in time.
The long shadow of the saltmarsh weed III / 2021
Sunsets, red in the summer; grass flowers glowing at the close of day. Hazy vistas beyond the expanse of mangrove-fringed salty plains, Gai-i and the Berserker ranges in the distance appearing like torn strips of tissue paper, layer upon layer. Remains of fence lines from long-gone pastoral leases. Red-tinged gravel and waterlogged sediment, oozing. Watery remnants of high tide, mercury-like as the last moments of sun are reflected on the surface. Long shadows of the saltmarsh weeds. This print was created using sediment and grit from the saltpans of Emu Park, embossed into the printing matrix; a drypoint etching of the long shadow of a saltmarsh weed as the second layer. Michelle’s most common view of this landscape is from the car window on her daily commute. This work was born after an afternoon sloshing about in the mud to take a closer look at the salty expanse located on the tropic line at 23.26ºS 150.82ºE.