Xanthorrhoea

Works on Paper

Finalist

Etching

36 x 40cm

Set against the still Australian bush, a tree of antiquity has evolved its shape through the continent’s harsh seasons. Fire-burnt trunks build onto each other, clustering leaves radiate and long stems reach upwards, framed by a dry blue skyline. Time passes. Scattered seedlings shoot to eventually become another mature Xanthorrhoea, watched over by the terrain of an ancient landscape.

by Joseph Austin