'Em-You' and I in studio

EMU SCULPTURE

Artwork name: Em-You
Measurements: 199cm(L) x 2m(H)x76cm(W)
Materials: An old door, marine ply, paperbark, wax, acrylic and oil paint, emu feathers, leaves, dirt, paper and extracts/photographs from news headlines, sweat and many tears.

Price: $5000 (SOLD)

This sculpture was made during the 2019-2020 extreme fires. I have been waiting for the right time to exhibit this piece as not long after the fires we had floods (in my area) and then Covid to deal with.

So, I suppose this reflects a time past, a time that was tumultuous, scary, and ever so sad and terrifying for many and very appropriate for the Wollombi region.

I found myself creating this sculpture to help me get through the time, expressing myself through my art and wondering why we don’t have a National Remembrance Day for all our plants, trees, animals and humans lost during this horrific time?

I see this event as a massive miss-management of our beautiful country and I feel angry, sad and helpless!  Indigenous land practitioners are key here.

On one side of the Emu sculpture, you have the story of the fires with the animals asking ‘Who is looking after us?’ and on the other side of the Emu there is a girl on her knees asking for more water, as she lives on the Darling River (Baaka) and her water has been stolen to agricultural companies and her fish are also dead. This side asks, ‘Where has our water gone?’ Make no mistake, yes we had a lot of rain lately but this injustice is still going on in many countries on our Australian soil.

I would like to thank the following photographers for permission to use their amazing images which gives this sculpture even more impact and tells a more potent story.

Nick Moir
Ryan Pollock
Mathew Abbott
Andrew Pakenham

I would also like to thank journalist Ryan Northover for permission to place your words on my sculpture.

Thank you to Aboriginal artist and friend Wayne Krause. Your guidance and permission for me to use Aboriginal design and motifs throughout this piece.