Snake Killers

2003, 101 x 142 cms

A couple of snakes had been spotted in the wood pile which was too close to sleeping quarters for comfort. A couple of snakes had been spotted in the wood pile which was too close to sleeping quarters for comfort. In fact, only days before, a man had been woken from afternoon slumbers by a king brown slithering across his bare chest, where he lay on the open ground. His heart pumped emphatically as he watched it slide off into the nearby grass.

The men had waited until dusk to sort some snakes out of the woodpile. Shovels in hand, they rounded the pile, chucking sticks and stones at it to spook the reptiles, a mother and her babe. Here, I've reconstructed the event with Paul and Basil Hayes, and Lawrence Rice about to damage the snakes.