Brooke Thompson

At Water's Edge

These drawings and prints are an emotional and existential response to water encountered at its origin: the pond and swamp gleaming, enclosed worlds, the river and ocean, majestic expressions of life in flux.

By a frog-filled pond at Hill End I made the initial washes and marks while contemplating the still water, its depths and the passing clouds reflected on its surface. The ensuing matrix developed with a process of automatism, allowing the frog chorus and chant of crickets to assert their influences.

In other drawings and prints I have responded to other bodies of water; the Colo and Kangaroo Rivers and the ocean. The marks became notations, not only of surface movements, but the melodious and sensuous qualities of these places.