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A man and two monsters consuming the earth

A man and two monsters consuming the earth

Date: 1983
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 18 x 46cms
Edition: 20

 
Beware of lightning flashing from your telephone receiver and striking your ear

Beware of lightning flashing from your telephone receiver and striking your ear

Date: 1983
Medium: Hard ground etching aquatint and engraving
Plate size: 42.5 x 22.5cms
Edition: 10

In 1983 large areas of rainforest near the foreshore of Mission Beach in north Queensland were developed for residential living. This eroded the habitat of many species of large animals such as the cassowaries who depended on a wide foraging area and territory to survive.
 
It is said that winning the Lotto has about the same probability as being struck by lightning. I made this etching after a 'Sixty Minutes' story of the danger of lightning striking people speaking on the telephone. I was very happy with the fan and the big baby exploring the floor. I suppose the phone call could have been to advise the woman she had just won Lotto.
     
She snipped off one side of the sleeping girl's lashes

She snipped off one side of the sleeping girl's lashes

Date: 1984
Medium: Hard ground etching, mezzotint line with aquatint and open biting in tonal areas
Plate size: 14.5 x 22.5cms
Edition: 20

 
Trying to shoot a big mac

Trying to shoot a big mac

Date: 1987
Medium: Hard ground etching aquatint and roulette
Plate size: 17 x 13cms
Edition: 14

A friend's sister crept into her room and in the dead of night snipped off one side of her long elegant lashes.
 
I made this etching after journalists had reported on the devastation that had been caused by the clearing of the Brazilian rainforest by multinational companies. The etching was my vain attempt at revenge.
     
Three men disguised as potted plants

Three men disguised as potted plants

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard ground etching, aquatint and open biting
Plate size: 22.7 x 42cms
Edition: 20

 
The interrogation of a woman's bracelet for the secrets it holds

The interrogation of a woman's bracelet for the secrets it holds

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard-ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 24.5 x 25.5cms
Edition: 20

The original idea for the etching came from an unusual event observed by the woman in a shower in east Sydney. She told me that she observed her neighbour watching her with a cardboard box with cut peepholes for his eyes. I decided to extend the story by adding three men hiding behind potted plants.
  I was observing an art exhibition with a female friend who casually told me that she had worn a silver bracelet for 25 years and had never removed it. We jokingly discussed the possibility of interrogating the bracelet so that it would reveal all her secrets. Since I made the etching the woman was forced to remove the bracelet for a medical operation, and it now seems not quite as special to her as it once was.
     
When he gets really hot he takes off he singlet and wears the bats around his waist

When he gets really hot he takes off he singlet and wears the bats around his waist

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard ground etching, roulette and open bite
Plate size: 22.5 x 20cms
Edition: Artists Proof

 
hold me he said I'm coming

"Hold me" he said, "I'm coming"

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard ground etching, aquatint and electric engraving
Plate size: 22.7 x 29.8cms
Edition: 20

   
He was not expecting to be held in an anticlimactic way at the conclusion of such a night of passionate embrace.
     
Lady and fan

Lady and fan

Date: 1989
Medium: Sugar lift and open bite
Plate size: 22.5 x 10cms
Edition: 10

 
To stregthen your organ playing finger

To strengthen your organ playing finger

Date: 1989
Medium: Hard ground line etching
Plate size: 25.7 x 19.6cms
Edition: Artist Proof

A sugar lift aquatint drawn in Brisbane directly onto the plate from life.
 
My Grandmother told me that she always pressed the flush button on the toilet as an exercise so that she could strengthen her weakest organ playing finger.
 
Angel

Angel

Date: 1992
Medium: Soft ground etching
Plate size: 15 x 11.4cms
Edition: Artist Proof

 
Portrait of a man with a dead fish

Portrait of a man with a dead fish

Date: 1996
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 25 x 14.5cms
Edition: 20

A small etching of a friend‘s daughter playing netball in their yard.
 
For many years I have been fascinated by the photographs people take in which they stand beside the animals that they catch or kill. I find this activity to be very strange and have tried to emphasise this through the title of the etching as well as in the position of the fish.
No one knows why her collagen lips exploded at 30,000 feet

No one knows why her collagen lips exploded at 30,000 feet

Date: 1997
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 18.3 x 16.5cms
Edition: 20

 
Woman BBQs husbands parrot

Rolly Polly Woman Barbeques Husbands Parrot For Making Fat Jokes

Date: 1993
Medium: Hard ground etching
Plate size: 15 x 13cms
Edition: 60

I believe that this story may be true. While I was making the etching, I tried to depict the amazement on the faces of the airline passengers who witnessed a set of immaculately sculpted Hollywood lips exploding after reaching bursting point at 30,000 feet.

 
The idea for this etching came from an article in the local newspaper. Somewhere in a suburb is a parrot less husband and a well-fed revengeful woman preening herself.
 
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