Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra 2022
Janenne Eaton - TERRAIN
They say the sense of smell is our most potent conjuror of memories. Unlike our other senses, the olfactory nerves do not proceed directly to the brain’s thalamus, the gateway to consciousness. Instead, information feeds from the nose to cortical areas to arouse emotions and memories without our awareness.
I’m recalling vivid childhood memories of my mother regularly picking bunches of gum ‘tips’ for the large vase in our hallway at home. ‘Let’s go for a walk down the sandtrack’, she’d say to my sister and I. It was on these occasions, these regular, though always impromptu little treks, that we learnt to recognise the natural wonders around us. The Sugar Gums - Eucalyptus cladocalyx, and wattles were thick in our neck of the woods. Back then. We learnt not to pick the wildflowers: dainty Green Hood Orchids and the star-like, honey scented Milkmaids. We learnt how to make a whistIe with a gum tip held between our thumbs. Times change. It would be half a century of intervening years before the word Anthropocene emerged to describe the way we live now.
Canberra Times, December 12 2022
Sasha Grishin, ARTS - PANORAMA