Once there were Wombats and Wild Dogs references a famous resident of the small town of Yambuk called Annie Baxter. This work is a comment on the effects of early settler migration and colonisation on the people and wildlife indigenous to the area.
This work was shown at the exhibition Resident In. In late 2011 and early 2012 seven regional artists were asked to visit and respond to seven Moyne Shire towns. Over a period of a few months the artists visited Koroit, Port Fairy, Hawkesdale, Macarthur, Peterborough, Yambuk and Mortlake. The results went on exhibition, at Blarney Books in Port Fairy, in conjunction with the Rural Summit 2012 as a way of showcasing the region’s artists and represent the Moyne Shire in a creative way.
For more about this project and exhibition see http://open.abc.net.au/posts/seven-artists-seven-towns-94ik4ua