The Challenged Landscape

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In 1980 I met Bonita Ely in Rundle Street Mall Adelaide at a performance titled Murray River Punch (1980). She was wearing a twin set and pearls as she offered passersby a lethal cocktail containing a recipe of contents drawn from the Murray River. It was a time when the women’s art movement was a proactive force and my head was full of feminist ideas. I had no knowledge there was a problem with Australia’s landscape, yet from 1977 the Murray River was showing signs of stress with higher than normal levels of salt.
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