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Scars

Kim Grace

Mount Victoria, Australia

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The sand dunes north of Perth near the town of Lancelin…

Amazing place, hundreds of square kilometres of steep sand country that eats a little more of the surrounding “habitable” lands each year. In each gully small stands of trees and scrub fight a valiant but useless battle against the relentless tide of sand until they are swallowed completely. Only the tallest dead-white branches remain above the surface and then they too are drowned beneath the moving, fluid earth.
Every weekend thousands of people from the City gather at the base of the first steep dune in their off-road vehicles; cars, trucks, motor bikes, anything with 1, 2, 4 or more wheels.Then the “fun” begins…
On average there are at least 20 close calls per day and 1 or 2 nasty collisions as the would-be Mad Maxs roar and jump and roll across this desolate but beautiful landscape. The birds in the gully refuges bugger off, the lizards and snakes make themselves scarce for 48 hours and hope they survive until Monday…in this place weekends are the living end for its residents, unlike in the human world. Long weekends are just too long for many…
Only the most remote places, the steepest and softest dunes are somewhat immune, and even here, as in this painting, the scars are evident, the World’s skin cut and slashed by the most foolhardy ones with the most expensive toys, but the wind and rain and time will make the scars disappear…

Until next weekend that is.

Acrylic & Ink on stretched canvas, scars scraped into the paint with knife
60 × 60 cm

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