- Last updated:
- 05 Jun 2019
The mural, 'Late Flowering Black Wattle', is an exploration of form and abstraction by artist Thom Stuart.
The native wattle motif functions as an ode to a nostalgic 1970s Australian identity. In particular, Australiana, which can still be found in coastal Australian towns like Caloundra. While modern architecture and a new visual aesthetic has emerged, there is still an underlying tone of Ken Done, 70's hand painted signage, breeze bricks and Jenny Key prints around every corner. The repetition of angular shapes and circle motifs, acts almost like a wallpaper, to reflect the coast's story, both past and present.
The warm, bright hues repeat this reference to place. Queensland's identity is full of surf and graffiti culture, whose colour palettes are in a constant state of colour clash to attract the most attention.
The artwork's title, 'Late Flowering Black Wattle', may also be interpreted as a metaphor for the speed of cultural development in regional areas. This development may be perceived to be slower than the larger metropolis centres, however it is equally beautiful once it emerges.
On a broader scale this work fits into a greater narrative of the artists' practice, which concerns itself with the interplay between colour and form as a way to explore how urban influences, such as graffiti and commercialisation, have infiltrated the natural Australian landscape.