JOAN MULLARVEY

WAITING FOR RAIN

This body of work is is based around my local environment of Yarrawonga and Mulwala – a rural farming area on the Murray River.  Recognising patters and repetition in nature, these works implore the senses to feel the textures of the land and consider how man has worked in harmony with nature to his own advantage.

Canoe Tree

Childhood memories of meeting at the Canoe Tree in Kyffins Reserve, Mulwala combined with my love of indigenous art inspired me to work with the patterns and textures of this beautiful old red gum.   When you observe nature you become aware of repetition and patterns.  The swirling bark, wood knots and cluster of leaves create shape, but just as importantly to me, are the gaps between them which we usually don’t notice – the ‘negative spaces’.

Gums & Granite

I have always been fascinated by the rocky granite outcrop at Boat Rock, and the way the gum trees find a way of thriving amidst their stony neighbours. This triptych is a reduction lino cut, paring back the landscape to its basic forms.

Red Gum

When you observe nature you become aware of repetition and patterns. The swirling bark, wood knots and clusters of leaves create shapes but just as importantly to me, are the gaps between them which we usually don't notice –  the 'negative' spaces.

Yarrah

Sometimes you have to draw or paint to really 'look' at things with fresh eyes. This set of lino cut prints explores the variety of textures in nature and how the same shapes recur, contrast and repeat.

Boat Rock

The Aboriginal Boat Rock is a sloping rocky outcrop near Savernake.  The local aboriginal tribe excavated a two metre deep hole so that after the rain, a good supply of water was available.  Focusing on water, rain and rockpools these monoprints pay homage to the past and present.

Rhythm and Spirit

Inspired by my love of aboriginal art and the shadowy spirit-like images the dead gum trees form in Lake Mulwala and the Murray River.

Mushrooming with Dad

I have memories of waiting for the first rain of Autumn. No matter the weather, we would gather our plastic buckets and pocket knives and head to our favourite mushrooming spots, climbing over cyclone fences and barbed wire. It was always well rewarded with mushrooms on toast for dinner.

Waiting for Rain

Every time we traveled to Melbourne, we would pass a property on a hill with deeply furrowed plough marks.  The farmer had carefully avoided the trees and samplings creating a striking series of patterns.

Rhythm of Rain

When rain falls it creates ripples in water and drumming sounds as it meets the earth. This creates a beautiful and simple rhythm.

Rockpool Series

Mixed media collagraph taking a more abstract view of rockpools,
concentrating on the shape and texture in the granite rocks.