Call of the Wild
Wednesday 30 October - Sunday 24 November 2019
Opening Wednesday 30 October, 6.30-8pm
Liz Millsom is a Melbourne-based artist and educator who has exhibited throughout Melbourne in group and solo shows.
Millsom is concerned about the Australian environment and the ongoing threats to the ecosystem that includes native plants, birds and animals - particularly the majestic and intuitive dingo that has had a bad stigma connected to it. Unfortunately, through the ever expanding and exaggerated media world, the dingo has been portrayed as aggressive, harmful and a pest. This has been true in a few circumstances - however, we do not hear or read about the many positive traits and stories of the critically endangered species. People are unaware the dingo plays an important role in the environment, an Apex predator that keeps systems in balance and provides the survival of natural species.
"When Europeans arrived in Australia, they introduced many foreign animals that our native plants and animals were unable to compete with. These animals put great pressure on Australia’s fragile ecosystem, they have bred to plague proportions and have put immense pressure on native flora and fauna. The only natural and highly sustainable solution to the feral pest problem is the dingo.
Places where the dingo has been removed has seen a decline in our native plants and animals. However, where the dingo has been reintroduced, our native flora and fauna has bounced back as the dingo has protected our natives against feral threats and the overpopulation of large herbivores.
There are many vulnerable natives - dusky hopping mouse, spotted-tailed quoll, brush tailed rock-wallaby and the southern cassowary to name a few that the dingo has the capacity to save. The dingo plays a vital part in Australian ecology. It has been the nation’s apex terrestrial predator for up to 20.000 years, its role in biodiversity is irreplaceable. Yet the dingo is threatened by loss of habitat, wild dogs and the inhumane chemical, 1080.
I wish to promote an inquiry into the guardian of the ecosystem. Educate people about the positive effects the dingo has on the natural environments and ecosystems. For many years, the dingo has been a family companion to our first Australians, helping hunt for food, protecting women and children from threats, the dingo plays a loving and protective role in the family pack.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my home, my experiences and backyard with two unique dingoes. A spiritual animal with eyes that look deep into your soul, they seem to have a sense of what is happening. They are always interested in seeing, listening, learning and smelling what you are doing. They are always on the lookout for any danger, they would rather flee than fight.
Look into the eyes of these spiritual creatures and see the many positive character traits the dingo has. I hope people become more aware of how unique this precious and resourceful this animal is to our country."
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