Artists

Annemaree Dalziel

Artwork:
Whispers in the grass
Installation and performance

Installation: poa labillardieri (native tussock grass); cardboard; themeda triandra (kangaroo grass) engraved velvet; 19th century children’s clothes made from recycled textiles and native tussock grass; found objects; photograph of Pinnacle Swamp School (1890s) courtesy Shirley Tunnicliffe; lace by Rochelle Sutherland

Whispers in the grass uses native grasses and dance to explore a double diaspora. Many thousands of Highland Scots left Scotland for British colonies, displaced by British laws and practices that had shattered their Gaelic culture. They entered a new Australian society that displaced the original peoples and changed the ecologies of their country profoundly. Some came to the Capertee Valley. What became of their language, their grief, their habits? Do grief and trauma mark our DNA and transmit silently across generations, reawaken with singing of the susurrant grass? Grief whispers in the grass and we dance a joyful unforgetting …

Whispers in the Grass performance: OzScot dancers and local people dance a new performance. Choreography by Cheryl Roach OAM. 5.45pm Saturday 8 April, Red tennis court, Henbury Golf Club.

Whispers in the grass is a performance inspired by the story of local farmer George McDonald, a truly gentle man. His great-grandparents were forced to emigrate from Skye in 1852 to make way for more profitable sheep. They arrived in the Capertee Valley in 1856 and many of their children were born in remote places. Could they have been shepherds? Today George is rejuvenating the land his grandfather bought in 1899 by sustainable farming, returning indigenous grasses to pastures. Forgotten stories whisper in the grass and we dance a joyful unforgetting …

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2. Annemaree Dalziel, Whispers in the Grass, 2017.  photo Alex Wisser
2. Annemaree Dalziel, Whispers in the Grass, 2017. photo Alex Wisser