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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The forest threads the needle

'The forest threads the needle' © M. Burton 2014
Silk cut linoleum print

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wearing my heart on my sleeve

'Wearing my heart on my sleeve' © M. Burton 2014
Silk cut linoleum print

Friday, April 4, 2014

The knee hive

'The knee hive' © M. Burton 2014
Silk cut linoleum print on Japanese Kitakata paper

Summer time at the black dam

Monday, February 3, 2014

Captain Cook's Coat

'Captain Cook's Coat' © M. Burton 2014
Silk cut linoleum print on Japanese Kitakata paper

Before the thistly beginnings of European settlement in Australia, this southern land was a fanciful dream shared by geographical philosophers. What might have filled the imagination of Captain James Cook before he planted the seeds of a new colony on this mystery-laden continent?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The black dam

'Sky drinks from the black dam' © M. Burton 2014
Silk cut linoleum print on Japanese Kitakata paper

A place of historical significance, but also inspiration for artists such as Clifton Pugh, Fred Williams, John Olsen, and Rick Amor, the 'black dam' in Barreenong Rd, Cottles Bridge has now filled my ink pot. I visit this place regularly to find a feather lightness of being. 

The black dam, Barreenong Rd. Cottles Bridge, Victoria

Black dam, Cottles Bridge
Rick Amor 1987


Friday, January 24, 2014

Seeds from the sea

'I see the seeds come from the sea' © M. Burton 2014
  Silk cut linoleum print 
I was recently immersed in the book 'The Fatal Shore' by Robert Hughes. With European settlement in Australia beginning on the high seas, it guarantees the onset of saltwater boils, scurvy and convict lashings as you turn each page. To this day, immigration to Australia proves to be a shady and complex issue. Whether people arrive as free settlers or flee from torture, we can't deny that boats have brought so many life journeys to our continent, and their stories have created the fabric of Australian society. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

His Quarter: Pearson and Burton

Here is a recent assignment for the Cordite Poetry Review where I was required to interpret a contemporary Australian poem with graphics. I chose 'His Quarter,' a beautiful poem by Kevin Pearson, from his book 'The Apparition at Large.' It can also be seen among a larger collection HERE.