Cathie Cox

Hear the Grey Bush Calling

Mixed Media

87 x 64cm

Gallipoli Artprize Finalist Cathie Cox

Inspiration for my work came through the words ‘love of country’ in conjunction with lines from Henry Lawson’s poem On the Night Train:-

“Have you heard the grey Bush calling from the pine ridge overhead [?]”

I have imagined a very young soldier, who, during any quiet time on the battlefield, is engulfed by thoughts of his home and family. Filled with homesickness, he is enveloped by impressions of the familiar bushland which he loves. The image of a favourite tree by a local bush track, the smell of damp leaf litter, the drone of cicadas – he experiences all these and more, while in that desolate and alien war zone.