juliet fowler-smith

Juliet Fowler Smith

member of the Williams River Valley Artists’ Project

lives and works in Sydney


work in the exhibition:

So many stories  2016

drawing, photography, mixed media

dimensions variable

catalogue text:

So many stories

Layered and dense with meaning.          Landscapes of memory

They said

We will dam(n) this valley

I said (at their “community consultation”). Did you poison the sausages also?

They said

We will bring you riches and employment. Sponsor your clubs (but keep out those trouble makers)

Name their behaviour. It’s called splitting. It wrecks relationships and communities.

Thank you John Kaye may he rest in peace

He said to me (at my lowest ebb) It’s not over till it’s over!

And yes WE WON

So many stories

So many loved places. Crisscrossing the countryside

And so we came to the landscape of coal mining and CSG exploration

Bev said to me with a smile. Saving the Williams River Valley was a textbook campaign.

She told me a story of bush dances at WOLLAR. They couldn’t all fit in the hall.

So half in, half out. “Alright you lot” they shouted” it’s the others turn now”!

She showed me the phone directory. All crossed out with a red pencil. One   by   one.

Take heart.                        Watch out for burnout.           It’s not over till it’s over.

Dedicated to John Kaye 1955-2016

Juliet Fowler Smith

Sydney 2016