Fallen Man: Noelly Johnson

 

  2005, 91 x 139 cms

 

 I used Giovanni's, The Drunkenness of Noah, 1516 for this image of Noelly Johnson being cared for by his sisters and Sylvester Hayes. The cup is a direct lift from the Bellini. Alcohol consumption per capita in town is unrivalled anywhere in Australia, and I hasten to add that the figures indicating this could hardly be comprised of the indigenous component alone. It is a grog culture. Eighty licensed liquor outlets cater for the town's twenty-seven and a half thousand citizens. Meanwhile, the media focuses on the Black derangement caused by alcohol abuse. Blackfella drinking is conspicuous; party groups sit in the riverbed and parks, sleeping where they fall and carouse argumentatively through the mall.