It's important to remember that, Billy, that we're all just threads in a fabric...your surrounding landscape is, though, more invigorating than suburban sprawl. I wonder how different your work would be if you'd have lived in a city, like Melbourne.
That may be so Faisal but those threads of the fabric you speak of are only of use if one can absorb them and in turn utilize them.The equation I utilize is part site/region specific but also part (maybe largest part) fantasy or dream. i often feel Australia (beyond the city gates) is a lonely/empty/sad place..its as if the removal of the indigenous occupiers rendered the place spiritually null and void. Perhaps i am trying to reach out to that spirit and to the fragmented lands of the former Gondwanaland ..sounds frightfully pretentious in words.
No, I don't find you pretentious. After removing the original inhabitants, 'modern' Australians have yet to equate with the land they occupy, and have yet to express themselves in anything but a superficial manner, the meaning that their residence has for them.