I discovered a hidden tributary off the Orara River, part of the Clarence River catchment, where golden sunlight dapples across the water. On my last visit, it was a dry riverbed. A small cave was exposed and it was the inspiration to begin the drawing. I thought about secrecy, treasures and grottos.
I puzzled over human psychological and cultural relationships to nature, and the use of fables to describe and explore this in relationship to identity and transformation. In this work, the treasure is a small tin of nostalgic everyday objects that remind her of loved ones in her life. She crouches on a patterned surreal carpet examining her treasures, perhaps evoking painful emotions. She looks up. Flash flooding is a metaphor for the psychological and cultural human frailties she must confront.