REDcliffe remembeRED

Materials: ground bauxite rock, acrylic paint, paper, thread, phial

Technique: calligraphy, stab binding

Size: 6 x 90 cm

Description: As children, my sister and I spent joyous weekends with our parents at our holiday home at Scarborough on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Our vivid memories include playing happily for hours on the beach and in the water. We fossicked in the rock pools, built sandcastles and climbed the trees near the beach.

Poetic phrases, composed by my sister Alison Horsley, are written in red-brown Redcliffe pigments, meandering across the book’s landscape pages in undulating rhythmic fragments of nostalgia. 

eg. “Above the sea, wind-buffeted trees clutch the red cliffs with gnarled finger roots, making spiral staircases to the clifftop for eager child feet”

The hand-stitched binding incorporates a phial containing Redcliffe rock fragments.


Exhibited in “Red: the Power of Print” at Redcliffe City Gallery in 2006.
Exhibited in my solo exhibition “Colourful Language at Gallery 159 at The Gap in 2007, and at Scattered Arts in 2008.
Displayed in “Papers, Pages and Prints” at Pine Rivers Regional Gallery in 2011.
Exhibited in my solo exhibition “The Language of Nature I” exhibition at Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha in 2012 (read more information about this in my Residency Blog).
Displayed at “Atma Calligraphy” in Brisbane in 2014.
Housed in the Australian Library of Art at Qld State Library and available for viewing by request (ALAAB SMO). Click here for details.

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