Eurasia Antipodes scroll
Making Eurasia Antipodes scroll, Richmond, Queensland. 2017 Rizika. Eurasia Antipodes scroll. Watercolour, oil, found material, paper, silk. 1000cmx20cm (entire). Detail
Eurasia Antipodes scroll chronicles journeys I took in 2017. I began painting on the last day of summer in Vienna where I had brought the Australindopak Archive to show at Hinterland cross cultural arts platform. I stayed with wonderful Iranian performance painter Mahdieh Bayat and the musician Johannes Kretz. I took a short sojourn to the sinking city of Venice. And I walked the streets of Vienna as winter began in a way sudden and clocklike.
Cultural whiplash became a recurrent theme in the Eurasia scroll as soon after coming back to Australia and Hunchy in Queensland I left for Lahore, Pakistan. Returning to Australia I and the scroll travelled to Townsville where I stayed for six months. There on the banks of the Ross River I discovered the cultural obsession with lawn mowing, and with speaking quickly to indicate intelligence. During that time I made excursions to communities in Western Queensland, Canberra and Brisbane before returning to Townsville where the Eurasia scroll completed its journey.
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