Pen and ink and hand-stitching on Arches paper

730 mm x 930 mm

Shellacked was inspired by many visits to Lake Cooloongup, Western Australia where the shallow water is saline. When dry, the stark, white landscape stretches across the plain and reflects the whiteness of the salt back to you. It is superficially a place of beauty. It is also a place where signs warn us to ’take care – tortoises crossing’.

Hundreds of tortoise shells were discovered but they were all hollow, a stark reminder of the fragility of the environment and the effect of salinity on living organisms. The grenade represents an environmental ‘trip-wire’. The red pin is still intact, but the threat is ominous.

Emerging Category

by Fiona Rafferty