…and fantastic on the inside. Really really good.
I’m going to type in this text: “Thunder Raining Poison 2015 is a work relating to the nuclear bomb tests that happened in the 1950s at Maralinga. A lot of the bomb clouds had travelled across Kokatha Country, which is my Grandfather’s and my Country. When I first started my research relating to Maralinga, what I found was a lot of people didn’t know about it. I found that really interesting because it wasn’t that long ago that those tests happened.
“I wanted to create a large-scale work that spoke about one of those bomb clouds. I felt like I needed to go up and see what was up there. I am aware that there were quite a large number of bombs tested. I felt quite uneasy at the Breakaway bombsite – that particular bomb blast turned the surrounding dirt into glass – so it seemed fitting that I made the cloud out of glass yams.
“I think the fact that I can make the yams out of my own breath, I find it empowering. It’s part of who I am. It’s something I feel really strongly about. It’s something I think about every day. I am quite proud that I am able to tell my grandfather’s story through my artwork.”