Tadpole Season Cannibal Creek
Tadpole Season is the changing of the seasons from dormant winter into active Spring when a new flush of growth and blooming in the bush encourages birds like dusky moorhens and other wildlife to breed as warmer air circulates. The mournful calling of Currawongs announces their return after their winter retreat from who knows where?
Part of the Tynong Granite Batholith Mt Cannibal in Garfield North wears a halo of huge, rounded boulders that protrude at intervals creating its landmark characteristic flat top, visible from surrounding areas. Cannibal Creek meanders around its base creating ephemeral wetlands then flows into the Bunyip River. There is a remarkable amount of wildlife sustained by these places and the adjoining Bunyip State Forest.
With echoes of the Arts and Crafts movement, focusing on narratives of the natural world, and printmaking-inspired design, species are simplified in shape and tone. But simplicity of form does not mean simplicity of design. I have enjoyed playing with the shapes of foliage layered with animal and bird forms, imagining the drama of their interacting life cycles.