My uncle Milton and his Steve have described to me how they had figured out ways to harvest and apply botanical resins and saps in their practises of woodworking, in and around Woorabinda, Central Queensland.
We all share an inherited reverence for the plants of our homelands, and this reverence is the same for the plant life wherever we are visitors, or if we are living in diaspora.
Around the built environments where we live, there are moments for raising the spirit and for reverence. These moments can be sought in the gardens and parks and along roadsides. The everyday home may be a place of cultural significance, if practices are continued
Institutions are not the kinds of places that contain my reverence. I am uplifted by the stories of plants life around me and in the everyday.
Botanical resin has been sprayed on to glass by breath.
Dale Harding (b. 1982, Moranbah. l. Brisbane.) works in a wide variety of media to explore the visual and social languages of his communities as cultural continuum. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, he draws upon and maintains the spiritual and philosophical sensibilities of his cultural inheritance within the framework of contemporary art internationally. Harding has exhibited in local, national, and international contexts. His work can also be found in collections throughout Australia and overseas. In July 2019, Harding was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts from Griffith University.