Most works from Fragment(ed) were created between November 2019 and June 2020: half during polarised political divides, bushfires in Australia and environmental urgencies half during the Covid19 crisis. What a backdrop! And the diverse subject matter for this body of work floats between landscape and abstraction. In lockdown, inspiration was found from my everyday world, from wild thistles in France, to European Magpies in my neighbour’s yard. And amongst the everyday was the news pounding, Covid19 wreaking havoc, our Australian land burning.

Instability resonates throughout these images in subtle ways. A seagull hovers on shaky ground, the gladiolus flowers disjointed and cut up, indigo woodcuts polarise and intercept the tranquil watercolour Dutch landscapes. Some works sit on shelves, intimate and fragile – fragments of time leaning into the stability of wall, holding onto a tiny element of solidity in a most unstable time. Others are a pure expression of gratitude for the beautiful moments nature has provided whilst in lockdown. – Fox 2020

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Gallerysmith Installation. Photo: Andrew Curtis.
Gallerysmith Installation. Photo: Andrew Curtis
Title: The News Pounded II (up and down), 2020, Size: 110 x 360cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, collage, woodcut on board
Title: The News Pounded I (hard and soft), 2020, Size: 110 x 100cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, encaustic wax on board
Title: Fragment 1, 2020, Size: 20.5 x 25.5cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, pencil on board
Title: Fragment 9, 2020, Size: 29.5x50cm, Medium: woodcut
Title: Retreat, 2020, Size: 55 x 100cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, encaustic wax on board
Title: Fragment 8, 2020, Size: 30 x 29.5cm, Medium: woodcut
Title: Waiver, 2019, Size: 130x120cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, collage, encaustic wax on board
Title: Fragment 7, 2020, Size: 30.5 x 59cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, woodcut on board
Title: Fragment 11, 2020, Size: 20.5 x 25.5cm, Medium: watercolour, pen on board
Title: Counterweight II, 2020, Size: 50 x 81.5cm, Medium: watercolour, ink, woodcut on board
Title: Fragment 13, 2020, Size: 30.5 x 24cm, Medium: watercolour, ink, pen, acrylic spray, encaustic wax on board
Title: Fragment 6, 2020, Size: 25.5 x 20.5cm, Medium: watercolour, ink, pen on board
Title: What goes around II, 2019, Medium: Digital Pigment Print, Size: 150x198cm, Edition: 8
Title: A few moments II, 2018, Medium: watercolour, Acrylic, collage, encaustic wax, drawing on board, Size 100x110cm
Title: Fragment 12, 2020, Size: 41 x 20cm, Medium: woodcut
Title: Fragment 14, 2020, Size: 30x29.5cm, Medium: watercolour, ink, drawing on board
Title: Fragment 2, 2020, Size: 25.5 x 20.5cm, Medium: watercolour, pen on board
Title: Fragment 5, 2020, Size: 15 x 20.5cm, Medium: watercolour, pen on board
Title: Fragment 3, 2020, Size: 51 x 29cm, Medium: woodcut
Title: Fragment 4, 2020, Size: 20.5 x 15cm, Medium: watercolour, pen, on board
Title: You Never Said II, 2018, Medium: watercolour, drawing, collage and encaustic wax on board, Size: 110x100cm