"Fish". Steel. 1990.
Collection: George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Fish is based
on the X-ray drawings produced by the Australian Aborigines of the Arnhem
Land / Kakadu region of the Northern Territory of Australia. The distinguishing
feature of these drawing is the method of displaying the internal organs
of the animal represented.
Fish is based on the drawing of the Barramundi fish of Obiri Rock.
The fish sculpture was intended to be the first of a series of sculptures
that was never realized. However, when re-examining the sculpture 10 years
after it was made, I realize how much that imagery has influenced the
architectural images that I produce.
I was raised on a street that had an aboriginal rock engraving of a kangaroo
at its end. In 1979, I traveled to the Northern Territory for the express
purpose of seeing Aboriginal Rock art, and subsequently have seen most
of the major Australian Aboriginal rock art sites. So, Australian Aboriginal
rock art has been an essential part of my art education. It is therefore,
inevitable that it should influence the way that I perceive objects.
This is a common occurrence in art, where unintended influences often
shape the final object.
a thorough analysis of Australian Aboriginal Culture:
Berndt, Ronald M. and Berndt, Catherine. H. The World of the First
Australians: Aboriginal Traditional Life: Past and Present. Aboriginal
Studies Press, Canberra 1988. ISBN: 0 85575 184 3.
information regarding Australian Aboriginal Rock Art:
Walsh, Grahame, L. Australia's Greatest Rock Art. Robert Brown and
Associates, Bathurst, Australia 1988. ISBN 1 86273 013 X.