The Gardens of Stone

Curated by Fiona Davis for Fabrik, Penrith Regional Gallery, November – March 2021

In 2015 I undertook a short residency at The Big C in Bilpin. Rae and Yuri Bolotin introduced me to Pagoda Country. We explored some of the amazing Pagoda formation and I began to understand the danger that this wonderful heritage was in. This inspired my attempt to make works that could draw attention to what we have, what has been here for so long, what has existed in harmony with First Nation People, what must be protected.

I used one of Yuri’s maps as a guideline for the contours of my work. I followed the contours of the rivers but then allowed the Pagodas to develop their own voice. I collected recycled blankets from various Op Shops with the help of family and friends, from as far away as Lismore to Blaxland, and I owe a debt of gratitude to Anglicare for their generous help in the creation of this work.