The life of inland waters – Durabudboi river
watercolour, graphite, woodcut on paper
H 124 x L 445 cm
Image courtesy of the artist
Currently on display in Essays on Earth, a collaborative exhibition between multidisciplinary artist Brodie Ellis, painter and printmaker John Wolseley and poet Paul Kane, uniting the work of three leading artists of the Bendigo region.
"In this painting, I have drawn the web of fish and aquatic plant and currents of water far inland at the headwaters of the floodplain. The way the plants, sometimes in serried lines or groups or undulating mats, are woven into the currents of water reminded me of flocks of different birds in a stormy sky. Some are moored to the bed of the stream while others such as the carnivorous bladderworts swim about freely waving their bladder-like traps in the current.
The serpentine stems of various water lilies flow out and then contract when the water receded in the dry season. There are also several species of Bladderwort. A carnivorous plant which has evolved its leaves so that they have become a network of free-standing veins with little traps attached to them which ‘eat’ small organisms like rotifer and diatoms. By getting their nutrients this way, they have dispensed with the need to have roots. Among the other plants I have also drawn – Water chestnuts, Triglochin dubium, Duck weed, Spirodela Polyniza, two different species of Nymphaea lily and one of Nymphoides lily. Within the stems of the lilies, there lurk Archer fish waiting to shoot their jets of water at unsuspecting insects resting on the foliate above the water." - John Wolseley.
Click the button below to find out more about this work and other works from The Life of Inland Waters series when they were first shown at Australian Galleries, Melbourne in 2018.