Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

132 Brett, 2014, Sulphur crested Cockatoo, Rona Green (1)

Brett, 2014, linocut, ink and watercolour, artist: Rona Green.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Poem: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo cacatua galerita by Patricia Kelly.
Music: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo by James Eccles on Viola.
Audio compilation and mixing by Boyd.

Bird species:  132
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Artist:  Rona Green (Melbourne, Vic, Australia)
Writer:  Patricia Kelly (Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia)
Musician:  James Eccles (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, cacatua galerita

The Bimblebox is home
To a fancy little feller
Flash white suit and beady eyes
Arresting crest of yeller
Without the bush, the future’s rocky
For our precious little cocky
Threatened by a dodgy mine
Where profit is the bottom line
So give the mine a fatal push
And save the bodgie of the bush

Patricia Kelly ©

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo call description supplied to musician James Eccles:
loud, raucous, unpleasant screeches, usually an intermix of harsh and sharp sounds, varying from deep, grinding and guttural to powerful, piercing screeches of ear-splitting intensity: ‘airrrik, aarrrk, ahrk, aieirrk, aieirieik!’. (Morcombe) 

Rona Green, artist statement for Brett.
To create this picture I used a friends adolescent Sulphur-crested Cockatoo for a model. He is very friendly but also quite cheeky – an attribute I think a lot of Cocky’s have in common!

Artist biography:
Rona Green’s fantastical figurative prints, poppets, paintings and drawings explore ideas about the nature of individuality.

Specifically, her interest is in how identity is expressed via the body; physical appearance and the ways it can be altered; the skin and its potential to be the stem point for transformation – how the body can be a vehicle for story by means of transformative devices, particularly anthropomorphism and body decoration. Through the fabrication of strange and unusual hybrid creatures she champions idiosyncrasy.

Born and raised in the port city of Geelong, Australia, Rona went on to study art at La Trobe University in Bendigo (1992-1995) and Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (1998). She was awarded a Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design in 2012.
Read more and view artwork on the Rona Green website here.
Rona Green is represented by Australian Galleries.

Writer biography:
Patricia Kelly is a part-time academic, part-time resident of the Sunshine Coast and full-time lover of the Australian bush.

She values projects such as this because they give a voice to creatures that cannot speak for themselves. She lives for the day when we don’t have to defend the environment from our own governments.

Musician biography:
James Eccles biography can be found here.