Le Dejeuner sur Teppa Hill:
2005, 143 x 187 cms NFS
For several years I toyed with the idea of a
painting of Xavier's threadbare existence on Teppa hill where he'd mostly
resided when in town, since abandoning Whitegate in the early 1990s. He
shifted around it throughout the year, in part determined by available wood,
in part by the prevailing winds and the dominant temperature. He threw a
blanket over a witchetty tree for shade or a bit of canvas when it rained.
When the idea germinated, Xavier was camped just above an industrial site
and I couldn't figure how to incorporate the juxtaposition. It wasn't until
he moved to the southern shoulder of the hill that these rhythms opened
compositional possibilities. By then, Stratco had constructed their store
whose motto afforded the delightfully ironic text for the painting and could
earn allusion to Manet's masterpiece.