In this series, I am inserting my body into the environment of the Merri Creek, dressed in the rubbish, pollutants and invasive weeds found in its waters. This creek is one of the few slivers of remnant bushland in the inner city, and has also born the title of Melbourne’s most polluted waterway for decades.
These images are partly an attempt to disrupt traditional representations of “women-in-nature”, by allowing the damaged earth into the frame as well as the (female) photographer. And partly, they are an attempt to sit with ecological trouble.
All the images in this series were made on unceded Wurundjeri land. I wish to pay my respects to their leaders past and present.