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Julianne Ross Allcorn Thesaurium insula (treasured island)

pencil, watercolour, charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic on 12 boards

122.1 x 203.5 cm

Climate change and COVID-19 have made us, as a nation, look more closely at our country, and really treasure it.

My painting is a visual story; a map of Australia’s flora and fauna. The Red Centre is shown with the flower of the boab tree and the red Gymea lily. The koalas turn their backs and gaze over dancing brolgas. For the east coast there are kookaburras and frogs, and a platypus for Tasmania. Zebra seahorses and coral represent the west coast. There are billabongs and kingfishers, while coloured cockatoos soar above, squawking news of the bush to all who will listen, even the crocodile.

Julianne Ross Allcorn, 2021