Journey to Water Totem
original oil painting on board
30.48cm x 22.86 high
Shown at the Bankstown Arts centre for solo exhibition titled: Scene from Post Apocalypse
Drawing inspiration from traditional cultural practices as well as natural disasters related to climate change Travis imagines a world where human culture has evolved to return to First Nations ways of doing and ways of respecting the environment. Travis presents a drought ravaged world where fresh, clean water is particularly scarce, so small human groups rove from oasis to oasis collecting water before heading to defensible outposts. In this future some current technology remains, some has evolved, culture has adjusted, worship has devolved and the old gods have returned to people’s lives.
Exploring this as a starting point SCENES FROM POST APOCALYPSE imagines a speculative future where the earth’s environment has been ravaged following drought and fire and society as we know it has collapsed and we are ruled once again by superstition and worship of elemental deities via their earthly conduits; shamans. The shamans wear masks and perform ancient rituals to bless the water before the rest of the tribe can quench their thirst.