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 upon completion of my studies in Baroda. After a month in Lahore I left for the north, to visit the state of Baltistan and a region known as the Hunza Valley. While there I was invited by a friend to accompany his team as they filmed a series on the local culture and customs. In this way I was able to meet many local people living in traditional ways and practicing very old, often ancient customs. Carrying the scroll into these encounters I sketched many people developing these portraits later into paintings using miniature techniques.
I took the scroll back with me to India where I continued chronicling events. On returning to Australia and Brisbane I discovered a city in a state of severe flooding, the like of which had not been seen for over one hundred years. But it was not the fault of the rains rather as the city developed buildings had risen on what traditionally were flood plains of the Brisbane River. A painting about this, and the last in the scroll, became a space for wondering about the colonial phenomenon of short memory.
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