Half Circle Scroll
Half Circle scroll. Detail. Watercolour on paper. 1000cmx25cm (entire).
Half Circle scroll began in August 2010 when I travelled from India to Pakistan having completed Masters study in Baroda. After a month in Lahore I travelled north to Baltistan and the Hunza Valley. By chance I met a friend who was filming a television series on the local culture and customs and he invited me to join his team on shoots to meet many local people living in traditional ways and practicing often ancient customs. Carrying the scroll into these encounters I sketched portraits that I developed into paintings.
After five months I took the scroll back with me to India and then Australia. It was January, and Brisbane was experiencing severe flooding, the like of which had not been seen for over one hundred years. Whole suburbs were flooded, and people and animals waded down rivers that had been streets. But it was not the fault of the rains that so many homes were filled with mud and lost crocodiles. People had bought their homes in good faith, in expensive low-lying suburbs, risen on the flood plains of the Brisbane River by others who had long since run off to the Cayman islands with their pockets full of money. Thus the last painting in the scroll is filled with the tiny curving lines that in miniature paintings are used to represent water.
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