Artist Jude Roberts: The River Makes its Mark

Jude Roberts gently tugs and lifts the end of a nine-metre roll of paper onto the banks of the Maranoa River. The rest of the roll lies partially submerged in the waters of a wide stretch, just upstream from the southern Queensland town of Mitchell.

In the late afternoon light, the river red gums lean towards their reflections in the still river, and Jude examines the marks the river has left on the paper. “That’s a lovely rich stain”, she points to a crimson mark edged with brown, “I don’t know what made it”. Other marks, like the sharp imprints of eucalypt leaves, clearly show their provenance.
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