Spirits of the Sclerophyll

by Howling Cloud (aka Ricky Turner) | 2015 07:30 mins Courtesy of the artist

Image credit: Treahna Hamm, Paradise Overkill, 1995, Hand coloured etching. 59 x 32 cm image. 
Treahna Hamm, Drought Spirit , 1995, Hand coloured etching. 59 x 43 cm image. Collection of Latrobe Regional Gallery. Donated by Yvonne Howells, via Australian Cultural Gifts Program.



The work Spirits of the Sclerophyll by Howling Cloud (Ricky Turner) creates a journey for the listener to envision through the undulating sonic layers. Wavering drones, string vibrations, a surging and receding didgeridoo and field recordings of bird calls are stratified, forming a vast ethereal soundscape.

The inclusion of sounds taken from life in natural environments expresses the artist’s own journey and exploration of the land through the process of composing of this work.

A spiritual connection to the landscape is also evident in the prints Paradise Overkill and Drought Spirit by Yorta Yorta artist Treahna Hamm. Within the egg shaped etchings, layers of detailed line-work show imagery that connotes change and disruption to the natural world. In both prints, each layer of the image appears to be woven and infused with one another, creating an impression of unity and reference the concept of interconnection with the earth.


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