Acrylic on board

105 x 184cm

All Empires rise and fall, and for a while there Australia’s fate was tied to that of the British. Whilst Federation gave us our independence it was beyond question that we would follow the British lead into WWI, such was her stamp and sway on our national identity. In this work a faded stamp or watermark of the Union Jack is overlayed over old Australian butter box panels, a Hans Heysen Australian landscape print and a fragmented idyllic beach scene, all representing that historic connection, and one, that though fading, is still a part of who we are.