Robert Baines

Ros Bandt

Clare Belfrage
Bronwyn Goss
Jacqui Gropp
Adrian Jones
Janie Matthews
Anne Neil
Susan Purdy
Sue Saxon
Liz Williamson


Artist's Statement

In 1997 I was commissioned to make a memorial to the First Horse Race in WA. The site for this race, Coogee Beach, South of Fremantle, was also the site where CY O'Connor committed suicide earlier this century. He rode into the sea and shot himself.

The work for this exhibition was inspired by my research into this folk hero and the myths surrounding his death and his drive to bring water into the interior.


Death by Water Steel watering cans


Solo Exhibitions

1998       Nesting, Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie, West Australia

1996    House and Home, exhibition & installation, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, West Australia

1995    Let the Record Show, installation, Arlesheirn, Basel Switzerland

1993    Salt & Pepper, THE DOOR Exhibition Space, Fremantle, West Australia

1992    Use By, installation, Gallery Dusseldorf, Perth, West Australia

1989    Print Gallery, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, West Australia

1988    Air Freight, Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia


1999    St Mark's Anglican Community School, sculptural commission for new chapel

Sculpture Commission to celebrate the First Government School, Mandurah

1998    Public Art Commissions for City of Perth  Foreshore Rest Area

1997    Public Art Commission, North Coogee  Horse Memorial, Department Trade and Commerce

1996    Public Art Commissions, New Juvenile Detention Centre, Perth WA

Curator's Statement

Anne Neil's homage to CY O'Connor aligns his epic life with the personal relation to water that is part of the Australian experience. The tokens of life and death represented by the watering cans and pistols are inverted by their dramatic absence of water. Is this an insecurity that lurks behind the drive to ‘green’ the continent?

Death by Water Water pistols, sand, acrylic

Sydney shop window featuring water bottles filled with sand.

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