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.
Nesting, Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie, West Australia
House and Home, exhibition & installation, Fremantle Arts Centre,
Fremantle, West Australia
Let the Record Show, installation, Arlesheirn, Basel Switzerland
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
St Mark's Anglican Community School, sculptural commission for
Sculpture Commission to celebrate the First Government School, Mandurah
Public Art Commissions for City of Perth Foreshore Rest Area
Public Art Commission, North Coogee Horse Memorial, Department
Trade and Commerce
1996 Public Art Commissions, New Juvenile Detention Centre, Perth WA
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.