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Mandy Martin

Early Sign

1982, acrylic and oil on canvas

Abstracted landscape with large cylindrical form of a water tank set on the side of a hill. Deep shadow is cast from the tank. Dark clouds overhead. Colours predominantly red and black with textured paint surface.

This work is part of Mandy Martin’s 1981-1983 series related to drought. The early 1980s was a time of social anxiety and political ferment. Severe drought across the eastern states gnawed at regional communities, while unemployment from the decline in local manufacturing particularly impacted the young. Protest camps on distant front lines at the Franklin Dam, Pine Gap and Roxby Downs brought remote environmental protest to television screens nightly. Martin began to address these concerns in paintings featuring the futility of industrial-scale water tanks in a bleak apocalyptic landscape.


120 x 180 cm


Visual Art


Canberra Museum and Gallery, gift of the artist 2021