Expressive works using mixed media and collage to evoke layers of change.
Over the last few years especially, Sydney Park has been richly developed with a sustainable wetland environment and increasing amenities, art works and plantings. Although it is immensely popular with locals, many outside the area have never looked beyond the iconic chimneys.
Now home to dog walkers and bird-filled wetlands, dance parties and children’s playgrounds, sporting teams and rough sleepers—this piece of land has a varied history. The park sits on top of millenia of changing conditions as a hunting and fishing ground. In early colonial days it was granted by the government to a convict business woman. The land provided fertile ground for gardens and orchards and then for decades was deeply excavated, with quarries, brickworks, factories and a municipal tip.
Currently the State Government is shaving off edges and corners of Sydney Park for the WestConnex motorway. But passionate defenders of the park have occupied a protest camp since September 2016, fighting against the toll road and its destruction of trees, habitat and community.
Janet Kossy has history and diversity in mind as she walks through the park or does a shift at the protest camp. Her paintings attempt to connect intuitively with the varied, edgy and mostly unknown stories of Sydney Park.
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