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1975 Garden, Acrylic on wood
Private collection, Northern NSW

In 2017 I meet up with this painting that I did in 1975 (or thereabouts) and gave to family friends. Seeing it again triggers thoughts and feelings from that time, of being simultaneously shaped and shaping the world around me. A scary omnipotence. Around that time I was immersed in 'Oceanic' Jungian dream analysis with Raynor Johnson. I felt 'all at sea' with this, as if my whole world was falling apart. On Thursday 7th Decemer 2017 I read: "He owned a property called "Santiniketan" ("abode of peace") at Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges outside Melbourne. There he hosted regular meetings of a religious and philosophical discussion group led by the yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne. This group became known as "The Family", a cult that adopted a large number of children and treated them cruelly until Victorian police rescued them on 14 August 1987. Hamilton-Byrne and her husband Bill were extradited from the United States six years later and faced criminal charges."

I still believe that we are shaped by the world as well as contributing to shaping it, but I've since learned to distinguish between reason, imagination, and manipulation.


1975 Garden, Acrylic on canvas
Private collection, Southern Victoria