This painting began in 2003 when I explored Lake Mungo for the second time doing small sketches and taking frottage on hand made paper from hardened clay of the now arid lake surface. I wanted to understand the hidden structure of this area that sat upon the Gol Gol formation.
I lost my way half way through the painting and started with a horizontal format as I tried to capture the expanse of the area. So the title changed from Lake Mungo Memory to ‘Painting’ a Sand Dune at Lake Mungo. This idea conflicted with how I imagined a depiction of the way colour, red from nearby hills, deposited on the lunette producing and earthy pink tinge into the sand that was then ‘sculpted’ by rain into small pyramid shapes.
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