THE ANTHROPOCENE SLAM: A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES NOVEMBER 8-10

WISCONSIN INSTITUTES FOR DISCOVERY DELUCA FORUM MADISON

DAVIES CREEK ROAD

Davies Creek Road

Trisha Carroll and Mandy Martin. Ochres and binder on paper, 30 x 80 cms

The Goanna, Varanus Varius, is the totem of Wiradjuri artist, Trisha Carroll and this work that we painted together tells the story of our valley and the waves of Anthropogenic extinction that have occurred from her ancestors who practised fire burning and continued as second settlers brought cattle and mining 200 years ago. It will continue, if we do not modify our rapacious demands on landscapes until the river dries up, the earth is fully depleted and the local ecosystems destroyed. Current plans are to flood this valley to drought proof the region and provide water for irrigation and the mining industry. It will give me water views from my studio and submerge Trisha’s house. How our government can contemplate building the first dam to be approved in four decades, in this rapidly escalating period of climate change is, mind boggling.


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