Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1960
Sinking tank no. 10
Michelago, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: paper
After six years of printmaking, it was a joy to work with the immediacy of watercolour and Chinese calligraphy brushes. Hence the title Sinking tank no 10. I was able to do many works in one sitting and choose the best rather than, with the process of printmaking, having to wait weeks until I had a result.
The nature of watercolour suggests watery subjects, free-flowing line; splashes, spray and drips from the brush suggest the movement of water; the way colours bleed into each other and remain transparent lends itself to the depiction of water in its varied states, whether as crashing waves or ripples and bubbles in a pond.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra