35 cm x 53 cm, pastels and charcoal on acid-free paper.
Date produced: 2006, while living at North Adelaide (2005-2006).
The original idea behind the piece was to create a composition that gave a sense of the Moreton Bay Fig trees fruit in terms of its appearance, its smell, and its perceived taste. Moreton Bay Fig trees in my mind always conjure up a sense of being from an exotic jungle in the tropics. The smell of fermenting fruit on the ground below the tree is a warm, tangy, evocative smell that seems to define a unique environment under the tree.
This composition uses a study of a fallen fruit, a stylised representation of a fig fruit, an internal view of the fruit, and a fallen leaf as shape elements. The colours, shapes, and overall tone have been used as the main means of expression.
As with many of the pieces based on expressing concepts within this project, the final image is the result of working through several versions of the idea. Some of these are shown below. An important part of the process for producing such pieces, is to view the pieces over time and reflect on what they are expressing. One needs to ask questions of them, to feel them, think about improvements, and try those improvements.