Ethleen Palmer is recognised as a great Australian printmaker and teacher. She was born in South Africa and moved to Australia during her teenage years.
In this print, two squirrels keep each other company in the branches of a tree. What do you think they are doing with their sharp claws? The curved shapes of their bodies mimic the curving branches of the tree.
Notice how the artist includes a large area of blue-grey space to the right of the squirrels. This format helps us to understand that the squirrels are high up in the tree.
Activity: Imagine that the artist has shown you what is happening to the left of the squirrels. With supervision, experiment with cutting that image into a potato or linoleum, cover with ink, and print onto white paper.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010