Our Regulars and Creatives Section Editors, Bruna Gomes and Clara Kristanada, sought to view and make art ...
In September, Clara and Bruna visited the UNCOVERED: Northwood, Lloyd Rees and Beyond exhibit at the Macquarie University Art Gallery. Inspired by Rees’ unmistakably Australian landscapes, Bruna wrote an ekphrastic poem to translate her interpretation of his art.
the chest-hairs of shrubbery
a quiet, sluggish, cloudless sky
the homestead remains erect, a steeple
as tall as the last-standing tree
time drips like a recurring thought:
when should the homeowner finally
abandon his red squares of land,
his self-portrait of earth
cracking like the skin of his feet
clumps of dirt beneath his fingernails,
the hill as curved as his back?
the answer is as rolling as the hills,
as infinite as the horizon.
the fading clouds of leaves still grow
like plumes of smoke from a slow-burning fire
and the lone road is a driveway leading only to home.
the homeowner holds his palms
to the red ground,
mistaking it for a hearth,
warming himself in the absent sun,
thinking about a list of resilient seeds
to plant and watch for years to come.