Gary Zeck's new works at Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park tell of the amazing story of early settler life in Balladonia in remote Western Australia. The catalogue for his works gives the following background.
The year is 1874, construction is about to commence on the telegraph station at Israelite Bay on the western end of the Great Australian Bight to link the east and west coasts. What drives a mother with her son and daughter to go to one of the least known and remote parts of Australia at a time when there were only horse tracks and less than a handful of settlers.....(these are) stories of unbelievable determination, courage and endurance. But what made then do it?
Gary's paintings and large ceramics explore that very question. Gary's research included travelling to Balladonia to explore the essence of the country. Images of camels, history and the isolation and harshness of settler life are captured in his work.
As last year I spent two weeks walking 200 kms through the Simpson Desert with camels encountering all the challenges that come from relying on camels for support, the exhibition was fascinating for both the artwork as well as the recollections of my own remote outback experiences. Gary is pictured here with his work Samarkand Dreaming.