On the Tow From Mt Undoolya


2005-08,   110 x 154cms


A self-portrait of an exasperated man, having had to tow Basil Hayes's car some sixty kilometres through rough country tracks, to avoid him sitting behind the wheel and coming through town, as he knew he was over the legal limit. Not only did I find, once we'd hooked up, that Basil wasn't prepared to make the shorter fifteen kilometre return trip, but the chain he produced  was frail and the links snapped half a dozen times. At one of our numerous enforced stops, he actually slumped asleep over the wheel and his passenger, Gerald Rice, steered until the next break; though with little improved effect. Here I've pictured our ensemble about ten minutes east of Whitegate on the Undoolya road, debating about the length of remaining chain.