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River Red Gum

River Red Gum, Mark Hewitt, 1996
Paper, gelatin silver, pencil, acrylic, wood, aerial photograph, topographical map. 930W x 880mmH

There are so many layers to Country. River Red Gum is a visual depiction of those layers. A piece completed after doing a course on aboriginal spirituality with Dr Anne Patel Gray. When this was first exhibited A Aboriginal elder from a people who’s land covers the flinders ranges came up to me a said he knows that tree.
This tree can be found by a walk thorough Sacred Canyon in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. You climb out and on a bank in the middle with a creeek bed running either side is where this River Red Gum is to be found.

There are many layers it illustrate beauty in this piece. Western ways – photography – collage & drawing – aerial map & photo pinpointing tree. Indigenous ways – the frame representing connecting between heaven & earth – Song line – campfire
Each layer in itself is beautiful & together is a rich beauty.

This country has multiple layers of beauty. Scripture like our country has multiple layers With different ways of seeing. A Christian Aboriginal theology, enables another way of seeing.

The heavens are telling the Glory of God

The heavens are telling the Glory of God, Psalm19. Mark Hewitt, 1996.
Water Colour on paper. 330Wx460mmH

Psalm 19:1-6 NRSV
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.