Australian Galleries – Works on Paper, Sydney, April, 2012.
Most of the drawings in this show were about The Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, which is one of the most isolated 4WD tracks on earth. “I travelled this route with a small group in 1999 and was so captivated by the landscape that I repeated the trip in 2004 and again in 2007. I am compelled by the wide, circling reach of horizontal space, the humbling sense of scale and by the variety, complexity and persistence of life in the desert. Every year I travel to remote desert country, but the Canning Stock Route remains my favourite expedition. It is a two-week journey from Billiluna, which is 150km South of Hall’s Creek, to Wiluna. The rough track crosses the Tanami Desert, the Great Sandy Desert, the Little Sandy Desert and the Gibson Desert. There are nine hundred red sand dunes to negotiate. As the average annual rainfall is less than 250mm, this country is classified as an arid zone, but it supports an abundance of life. Thanks to the efforts of several groups of enthusiasts, enough wells still produce drinkable water, making it possible to travel the 1900km. There are no services along the way except a small store at the little Aboriginal community of Kunawarritji. Fuel and all supplies and must be carried.” WL