We live in incredible times. We connect via the computer, we watch TV, we travel the world and everywhere there are people, lots and lots of people. We are a global world. With that comes homogenization of cultures and environments and pressure.

I’ve used the bush as symbolic iconology to explore Australia’s unprecedented population growth, our perceptions of permanence and what we value. The bush can withstand drought and fire, yet it can’t withstand a man’s mark of approval on a removal permit. Our view of what is permanent is changing so rapidly that we collectively can’t keep up. Does society still see the bush as permanent, or do we see new housing estates and mass produced gardens as the new real? Which is more valuable?

These works showed at Qdos Arts 2011.