(Australia 1973– )
225.0 x 460.0cm sheet, overall
This drawing was made over a period of several months in late 2000 and early 2001, when Tonkin began drawing at Werribee Gorge, near Melbourne. Its subject is an outcrop of rocks at the end of a ridge.
'It is a dry landscape, stunted red and yellow box gums twist their way out of rocky ridges and are laden with dollops of mistletoe in the gullies. Its great attraction was that it is such an intimate landscape. The canopy is very low, and there is very little undergrowth – allowing a clear look in to deeper space … I felt that I wanted to make work about the experience of being immersed in the land (Mary Tonkin, 2002)'.
Working from the centre of the composition, Tonkin added more sheets of paper as the drawing demanded. The drawing comprises ten parts, with additions at top and bottom as well as collage additions made to the surface as part of a ‘correcting process’.
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Helen Campbell (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, Sydney, 2012, 7, 38, 39 (illus.), 61.
'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 28-31., Look Nov 2011, Nov 2011, 30.
‘Australian drawing now: labouring lightly’ by Kit Wise, pg. 34-39., Artlink, vol.25, no.2 Mar 2005, Mar 2005, 36.
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia), The Dobell Prize for Drawing: 1993-2004, Sydney, 2004, 6–7 (illus.), 9, 34, 35 (illus.), 50, 53.
'Drawing a winner: a decade of Dobell prizes shows us how and why' by Hendrik Kolenberg, pg. 24-27., Look Aug 2003, Aug 2003, 24-25 (illus.).
'Drawn to success' by Paul Gray, pg. 92., Herald Sun (Australia) 17 Jun 2002, 17 Jun 2002, 92 (illus.).
Drawing, Monash University Gallery, Aug 2001–Sep 2001.
MFA Examination Exhibition, Monash University Gallery, Apr 2002 -.
Dobell Prize for Drawing 2002, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 01 Jun 2002–21 Jul 2002.