Artworks / 2013 / South Australian Cross-sections (in Three Parts): Mega-fauna, Red Stump & Finite Vastness

South Australian Cross-sections (in Three Parts): Mega-fauna, Red Stump & Finite Vastness 2013 by Sera Waters

South Australian Cross-sections (in Three Parts): Mega-fauna, Red Stump & Finite Vastness  2013

hand-dyed linen, beads, felt, cotton, velvet, kangaroo fur, wood veneer, trims, card, stuffing, string, sequins

80 x 80 x 25 cm

Photograph Sam Roberts & courtesy of Hugo Michell Gallery

South Australian cross-sections explores the concept of ‘layerscapes’. A layerscape, is for me, a way of grappling with how the past continues to affect the present. Layerscapes are useful as like a tree’s rings, studying these formations reveals evidence of what has gone before, what should not be forgotten, and even what may be coming. In this artwork three concentric cross-sections of multiple life forms merge; a body, tree, and the universe, all drawn from my region where minerals are tinged with green, caves and large eucalypts abound, and evidence has been found of megafauna giant kangaroo tails from up to 100,000 years ago. This work is a reminder that we are all connected via the past, the present and the future.