Artist statement: Economics of water highlights the environmental damage to the Murray Darling River system from poor water management by the state and federal governments of Australia. This series of photographs of the drought-affected Menindee Lakes have been overlaid with gold geometric shapes that symbolise the human infrastructure of water diversion for commercial agriculture and settlements.
The Murray Darling Basin is Australia’s largest river system, stretching across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. The rivers, lakes and floodplains have been a sustainable cultural river system for Indigenous people living along the waterways for over 65,000 years, providing water, food, resources and trade routes.
Colonial overconsumption has led to today’s irreparable damage to the river’s environment.